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All three major indices are trading up today with the

Dow Jones Industrial Average

(

^DJI

) trading up 72 points (0.4%) at 18,189 as of Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015, 12:00 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,717 issues advancing vs. 1,232 declining with 166 unchanged.

The Financial sector currently sits up 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.2%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include

Realty Income

(

O

), down 3.0%,

Kimco Realty

(

KIM

), down 2.9%,

UDR

(

UDR

), down 2.9%,

SL Green Realty

(

SLG

), down 2.4% and

General Growth Properties

(

GGP

), down 2.3%. Top gainers within the sector include

Realogy Holdings

(

RLGY

), up 4.8%,

Grupo Financiero Santander Mexico SAB de CV

(

BSMX

), up 2.5%,

Shinhan Financial Group

(

SHG

), up 2.1%,

CME Group

(

CME

), up 1.9% and

Northern

(

NTRS

), up 1.8%.

TheStreet would like to highlight 3 stocks pushing the sector lower today:

3.

Health Care REIT

(

HCN

) is one of the companies pushing the Financial sector lower today. As of noon trading, Health Care REIT is down $1.35 (-1.7%) to $77.34 on heavy volume. Thus far, 8.3 million shares of Health Care REIT exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $76.05-$77.53 after having opened the day at $76.30 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $78.69.

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Health Care REIT, Inc. is an independent equity real estate investment trust. The firm engages in acquiring, planning, developing, managing, repositioning and monetizing of real estate assets. It primarily invests in the real estate markets of the United States. Health Care REIT has a market cap of $25.6 billion and is part of the real estate industry. Shares are up 4.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Health Care REIT a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Health Care REIT

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, solid stock price performance and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full

Health Care REIT Ratings Report

now.

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2. As of noon trading,

American Tower

(

AMT

) is down $2.11 (-2.2%) to $95.22 on heavy volume. Thus far, 3.1 million shares of American Tower exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $94.33-$96.65 after having opened the day at $95.42 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $97.33.

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American Tower Corporation is a real estate investment trust. It invests in the real estate markets across the globe. The firm through its subsidiaries owns, operates and develops wireless and broadcast communications real estate. American Tower has a market cap of $38.3 billion and is part of the real estate industry. Shares are down 1.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate American Tower a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

American Tower

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, notable return on equity, good cash flow from operations, increase in stock price during the past year and growth in earnings per share. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company is trading at a premium valuation based on our review of its current price compared to such things as earnings and book value. Get the full

American Tower Ratings Report

now.

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1. As of noon trading,

Ventas

(

VTR

) is down $3.37 (-4.3%) to $74.21 on heavy volume. Thus far, 2.2 million shares of Ventas exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $74.10-$76.37 after having opened the day at $75.88 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $77.58.

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Ventas, Inc. is a publicly owned real estate investment trust. The firm engages in investment, management, financing, and leasing of properties in the healthcare industry. It invests in the real estate markets of the United States and Canada. Ventas has a market cap of $25.6 billion and is part of the real estate industry. Shares are up 8.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Ventas a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Ventas

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full

Ventas Ratings Report

now.

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If you are interested in one of these 3 stocks, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the financial sector could consider

Financial Select Sector SPDR

(

XLF

) while those bearish on the financial sector could consider

Proshares Short Financials

(

SEF

).

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