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Two out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 4 points (0.0%) at 15,449 as of Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 771 issues advancing vs. 2,156 declining with 142 unchanged.

The Real Estate industry currently sits down 0.6% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.4%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include CBL & Associates Properties ( CBL), down 4.3%, LaSalle Hotel Properties ( LHO), down 3.9%, Icahn ( IEP), down 3.6%, Howard Hughes ( HHC), down 2.1% and HCP ( HCP), down 1.2%.

TheStreet would like to highlight 5 stocks pushing the industry lower today:

5. Boston Properties ( BXP) is one of the companies pushing the Real Estate industry lower today. As of noon trading, Boston Properties is down $0.95 (-0.9%) to $106.79 on light volume. Thus far, 249,002 shares of Boston Properties exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 847,700 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $106.33-$107.72 after having opened the day at $107.44 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $107.74.

Boston Properties, Inc., a real estate investment trust (REIT), together with its subsidiaries, engages in the ownership and development of office properties. Boston Properties has a market cap of $16.2 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 7.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate Boston Properties a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Boston Properties as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, compelling growth in net income, notable return on equity, reasonable valuation levels and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Boston Properties Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, Weyerhaeuser ( WY) is down $0.41 (-1.4%) to $29.00 on average volume. Thus far, 1.5 million shares of Weyerhaeuser exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $28.94-$29.33 after having opened the day at $29.32 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $29.41.

Weyerhaeuser Company, a forest products company, grows and harvests trees, builds homes, and manufactures forest products worldwide. It grows and harvests trees for use as lumber, other wood and building products, and pulp and paper. Weyerhaeuser has a market cap of $17.1 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are down 6.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Weyerhaeuser a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Weyerhaeuser as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, good cash flow from operations and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Weyerhaeuser Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Host Hotels & Resorts ( HST) is down $0.25 (-1.4%) to $17.99 on average volume. Thus far, 2.3 million shares of Host Hotels & Resorts exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $17.94-$18.21 after having opened the day at $18.20 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $18.24.

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 $13.6 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 6.2% 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 8 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 impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, revenue growth, good cash flow from operations and increase in stock price during the past year. 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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2. As of noon trading, Ventas ( VTR) is down $0.51 (-0.8%) to $61.48 on light volume. Thus far, 344,288 shares of Ventas exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $61.39-$62.15 after having opened the day at $61.85 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $61.99.

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 $18.1 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 8.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Ventas a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 6 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, reasonable valuation levels, good cash flow from operations, growth in earnings per share and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. Get the full Ventas Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Health Care REIT ( HCN) is down $0.80 (-1.4%) to $56.83 on light volume. Thus far, 597,836 shares of Health Care REIT exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $56.77-$57.73 after having opened the day at $57.58 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $57.63.

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 $16.6 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 7.6% 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 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Health Care REIT as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, deteriorating net income and disappointing return on equity. Get the full Health Care REIT Ratings Report now.

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If you are interested in one of these 5 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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