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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 77 points (0.5%) at 16,913 as of Friday, June 6, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 2,319 issues advancing vs. 667 declining with 134 unchanged.

The Real Estate industry currently sits up 0.4% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.4%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Douglas Emmett ( DEI), down 1.2%, Extra Space Storage ( EXR), down 1.1%, Taubman Centers ( TCO), down 0.9%, Camden Property ( CPT), down 1.0% and Prologis ( PLD), down 1.0%. Top gainers within the industry include E-House China Holdings ( EJ), up 3.6%, Brookfield Residential Properties ( BRP), up 2.6%, Altisource Portfolio Solutions ( ASPS), up 1.5%, Brookfield Property Partners ( BPY), up 1.1% and Icahn ( IEP), up 0.5%.

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

3. AvalonBay Communities ( AVB) is one of the companies pushing the Real Estate industry lower today. As of noon trading, AvalonBay Communities is down $1.05 (-0.7%) to $143.36 on light volume. Thus far, 244,136 shares of AvalonBay Communities exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 807,900 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $143.12-$144.41 after having opened the day at $144.34 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $144.41.

AvalonBay Communities, Inc. engages in the development, redevelopment, acquisition, ownership, and operation of multifamily communities in the United States. AvalonBay Communities has a market cap of $18.5 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 20.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate AvalonBay Communities a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates AvalonBay Communities as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations, increase in net income and growth in earnings per share. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. Get the full AvalonBay Communities Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, HCP ( HCP) is down $0.24 (-0.6%) to $42.40 on light volume. Thus far, 660,524 shares of HCP exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $42.31-$42.77 after having opened the day at $42.75 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $42.64.

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 $19.2 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 17.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. 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, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations 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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1. As of noon trading, Health Care REIT ( HCN) is down $0.80 (-1.2%) to $63.94 on average volume. Thus far, 882,522 shares of Health Care REIT exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $63.86-$64.94 after having opened the day at $64.86 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $64.74.

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 $18.5 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 20.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. 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 buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth, good cash flow from operations 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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