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Two out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the

Dow Jones Industrial Average

(

^DJI

) trading down 48 points (-0.3%) at 16,864 as of Wednesday, July 30, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,073 issues advancing vs. 1,897 declining with 171 unchanged.

The Real Estate industry currently sits down 0.3% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.1%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include

CBRE Group

(

CBG

), down 2.5%,

Plum Creek Timber

(

PCL

), down 2.2%,

Annaly Capital Management

(

NLY

), down 1.7%,

Icahn

(

IEP

), down 1.3% and

General Growth Properties

(

GGP

), down 0.8%.

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

3.

HCP

(

HCP

) is one of the companies pushing the Real Estate industry lower today. As of noon trading, HCP is down $0.45 (-1.1%) to $42.06 on light volume. Thus far, 755,423 shares of HCP exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $42.04-$42.70 after having opened the day at $42.46 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $42.51.

HCP, Inc. is an independent hybrid real estate investment trust. The fund invests in real estate markets of the United States. HCP has a market cap of $19.5 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 17.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate HCP a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

HCP

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, revenue growth, good cash flow from operations, expanding profit margins and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. Get the full

HCP Ratings Report

now.

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2. As of noon trading,

Host Hotels & Resorts

(

HST

) is down $0.14 (-0.6%) to $22.61 on average volume. Thus far, 2.2 million shares of Host Hotels & Resorts exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $22.58-$22.90 after having opened the day at $22.76 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $22.75.

Host Hotels & Resorts, Inc. is a publicly owned real estate investment trust (REIT). The firm primarily engages in the ownership and operation of hotel properties. It invests in the real estate markets of United States. Host Hotels & Resorts has a market cap of $17.4 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 17.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate Host Hotels & Resorts a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Host Hotels & Resorts

as a

buy

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

Host Hotels & Resorts Ratings Report

now.

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1. As of noon trading,

Health Care REIT

(

HCN

) is down $0.39 (-0.6%) to $63.97 on light volume. Thus far, 483,644 shares of Health Care REIT exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $63.94-$64.68 after having opened the day at $64.29 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $64.36.

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 $18.9 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 20.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Health Care REIT a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 6 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 robust revenue growth, good cash flow from operations, impressive record of earnings per share growth and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. Get the full

Health Care REIT 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 real estate industry could consider

iShares Dow Jones US Real Estate

(

IYR

) while those bearish on the real estate industry could consider

ProShares Short Real Estate Fund

(

REK

).

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