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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 69 points (-0.4%) at 16,384 as of Monday, March 10, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 999 issues advancing vs. 1,928 declining with 160 unchanged.

The Real Estate industry currently sits down 0.5% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.3%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Brookfield Residential Properties ( BRP), down 2.4%, CommonWealth REIT ( CWH), down 2.2%, Icahn ( IEP), down 1.7%, Realty Income Corporation ( O), down 1.4% and Howard Hughes ( HHC), down 1.2%.

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

3. General Growth Properties ( GGP) is one of the companies pushing the Real Estate industry lower today. As of noon trading, General Growth Properties is down $0.23 (-1.0%) to $21.90 on light volume. Thus far, 1.0 million shares of General Growth Properties exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $21.83-$22.18 after having opened the day at $22.08 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $22.13.

General Growth Properties, Inc is an equity real estate investment trust. The firm invests in the real estate markets of the United States. It engages in owning, managing, leasing, and redeveloping high-quality regional malls. General Growth Properties has a market cap of $19.6 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 10.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate General Growth Properties a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates General Growth Properties as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its compelling growth in net income, revenue growth and reasonable valuation levels. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the growth in the company's earnings per share has not been good. Get the full General Growth Properties Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, American Tower ( AMT) is down $0.60 (-0.7%) to $80.71 on light volume. Thus far, 530,822 shares of American Tower exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $80.48-$81.49 after having opened the day at $81.09 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $81.31.

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 $32.4 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 2.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 16 analysts that rate American Tower a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none 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, good cash flow from operations, increase in stock price during the past year, expanding profit margins and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full American Tower Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Simon Property Group ( SPG) is down $1.00 (-0.6%) to $160.71 on light volume. Thus far, 434,718 shares of Simon Property Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $160.14-$162.16 after having opened the day at $161.55 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $161.71.

Simon Property Group, Inc. is an equity real estate investment trust. The firm invests in the real estate markets across the globe. It engages in investment, ownership, and management of properties. Simon Property Group has a market cap of $51.4 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 7.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 16 analysts that rate Simon Property Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Simon Property Group as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, revenue growth, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations and growth in earnings per share. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. Get the full Simon Property Group 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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