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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 70 points (-0.4%) at 16,940 as of Monday, Oct. 6, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,489 issues advancing vs. 1,550 declining with 137 unchanged.

The Real Estate industry currently sits up 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.3%. Top gainers within the industry include New Residential Investment ( NRZ), up 2.4%, EPR Properties ( EPR), up 1.3%, Kilroy Realty ( KRC), up 1.0%, Omega Healthcare Investors ( OHI), up 1.0% and Brookfield Asset Management ( BAM), up 0.7%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Alto Palermo ( APSA), down 6.6%, Redwood ( RWT), down 1.9%, Blackstone Mortgage ( BXMT), down 1.7%, Texas Pacific Land ( TPL), down 1.3% and Alexander & Baldwin ( ALEX), down 1.3%.

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

3. American Capital Agency ( AGNC) is one of the companies pushing the Real Estate industry higher today. As of noon trading, American Capital Agency is up $0.28 (1.3%) to $21.74 on average volume. Thus far, 2.0 million shares of American Capital Agency exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $21.45-$21.82 after having opened the day at $21.45 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $21.46.

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American Capital Agency Corp. operates as a real estate investment trust (REIT). American Capital Agency has a market cap of $7.6 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 11.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 4 analysts who rate American Capital Agency a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates American Capital Agency as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its feeble growth in its earnings per share, deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity, weak operating cash flow and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself. Get the full American Capital Agency Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Equity Residential ( EQR) is up $0.33 (0.5%) to $62.94 on light volume. Thus far, 659,749 shares of Equity Residential exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $62.71-$63.48 after having opened the day at $62.71 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $62.61.

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Equity Residential, a real estate investment trust (REIT), engages in the acquisition, development, and management of multifamily properties in the United States. Equity Residential has a market cap of $22.5 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 20.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 6 analysts who rate Equity Residential a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Equity Residential as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, 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 sub par growth in net income. Get the full Equity Residential Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Health Care REIT ( HCN) is up $0.32 (0.5%) to $63.10 on light volume. Thus far, 670,165 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 $62.81-$63.41 after having opened the day at $63.04 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $62.78.

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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 $19.2 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 17.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 5 analysts who 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, increase in net income, reasonable valuation levels, good cash flow from operations and impressive record of earnings per share growth. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. 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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