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Two out of the three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 7 points (0.0%) at 16,149 as of Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014, 1:15 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 2,140 issues advancing vs. 904 declining with 135 unchanged.

The Real Estate industry currently sits up 0.4% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.1%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Equity Residential ( EQR), down 1.6%, AvalonBay Communities ( AVB), down 1.0%, Macerich ( MAC), down 1.0%, Apartment Investment & Management Company ( AIV), down 1.4% and UDR ( UDR), down 1.1%. Top gainers within the industry include Texas Pacific Land ( TPL), up 7.9%, Howard Hughes ( HHC), up 2.7%, Host Hotels & Resorts ( HST), up 2.8%, Icahn ( IEP), up 1.4% and Weyerhaeuser ( WY), up 1.1%.

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 $0.09 (-0.4%) to $23.95 on average volume. Thus far, 1.6 million shares of General Growth Properties exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $23.58-$24.00 after having opened the day at $23.78 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $24.04.

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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 $21.4 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 20.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate General Growth Properties a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates General Growth Properties as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations, solid stock price performance 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 General Growth Properties Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, American Capital Agency ( AGNC) is down $0.26 (-1.1%) to $22.32 on heavy volume. Thus far, 9.2 million shares of American Capital Agency exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $22.09-$22.56 after having opened the day at $22.48 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $22.58.

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American Capital Agency Corp. operates as a real estate investment trust (REIT). American Capital Agency has a market cap of $8.1 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 17.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 4 analysts that 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 and weak operating cash flow. Get the full American Capital Agency Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, HCP ( HCP) is down $0.27 (-0.6%) to $42.46 on average volume. Thus far, 1.5 million shares of HCP exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $42.17-$42.84 after having opened the day at $42.43 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $42.73.

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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 $19.7 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 17.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate HCP a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

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