Editor's Note: Any reference to TheStreet Ratings and its underlying recommendation does not reflect the opinion of TheStreet, Inc. or any of its contributors including Jim Cramer or Stephanie Link. Two out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 26 points (0.2%) at 15,572 as of Tuesday, July 23, 2013, 12:50 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,636 issues advancing vs. 1,285 declining with 117 unchanged. The Real Estate industry currently sits down 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.1%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Howard Hughes ( HHC), down 1.4%, CoStar Group ( CSGP), down 1.2%, Realty Income Corporation ( O), down 0.7% and Public Storage ( PSA), down 0.5%. Top gainers within the industry include Federal Realty Investment ( FRT), up 1.1%, Liberty Property ( LRY), up 0.8% and American Tower ( AMT), up 0.7%. TheStreet would like to highlight 5 stocks pushing the industry lower today: 5. Essex Property ( ESS) is one of the companies pushing the Real Estate industry lower today. As of noon trading, Essex Property is down $1.37 (-0.8%) to $168.23 on average volume. Thus far, 144,941 shares of Essex Property exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 266,300 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $167.58-$170.22 after having opened the day at $169.51 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $169.60. Essex Property Trust, Inc. operates as a self-administered and self-managed real estate investment trust in the United States. It engages in the ownership, operation, management, acquisition, development, and redevelopment of apartment communities, as well as commercial properties. Essex Property has a market cap of $6.4 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 15.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 13 analysts that rate Essex Property a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold. TheStreet Ratings rates Essex Property as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, increase in net income, good cash flow from operations, expanding profit margins and increase in stock price during the past year. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. Get the full Essex Property Ratings Report now. STOCKS TO BUY: TheStreet Quant Ratings has identified a handful of stocks that can potentially TRIPLE in the next 12-months. Learn more.