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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 66 points (0.4%) at 17,231 as of Monday, Feb. 2, 2015, 12:00 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 2,032 issues advancing vs. 964 declining with 166 unchanged.

The Real Estate industry currently sits down 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.7%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include American Homes 4 Rent Class A ( AMH), down 2.5%, Realty Income ( O), down 2.0%, RLJ Lodging ( RLJ), down 1.9%, Extra Space Storage ( EXR), down 1.4% and Omega Healthcare Investors ( OHI), down 1.6%. Top gainers within the industry include Walter Investment Management ( WAC), up 15.3%, Nationstar Mortgage Holdings ( NSM), up 3.0% and Gazit-Globe ( GZT), up 3.2%.

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

3. HCP ( HCP) is one of the companies pushing the Real Estate industry lower today. As of noon trading, HCP is down $0.47 (-1.0%) to $46.82 on average volume. Thus far, 1.3 million shares of HCP exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $46.15-$47.28 after having opened the day at $47.26 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $47.29.

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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 $22.0 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 7.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate HCP a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 9 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, solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. 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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2. As of noon trading, American Realty Capital Properties ( ARCP) is down $0.14 (-1.5%) to $9.13 on light volume. Thus far, 3.7 million shares of American Realty Capital Properties exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 18.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $8.94-$9.25 after having opened the day at $9.24 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $9.26.

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American Realty Capital Properties, Inc. owns and acquires single tenant, freestanding commercial real estate that is net leased on a medium-term basis, primarily to investment grade credit rated and other creditworthy tenants. The company principally invests in retail and office properties. American Realty Capital Properties has a market cap of $8.6 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 2.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are no analysts that rate American Realty Capital Properties a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates American Realty Capital Properties as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its poor profit margins and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself. Get the full American Realty Capital Properties Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Ventas ( VTR) is down $0.85 (-1.1%) to $78.96 on average volume. Thus far, 1.3 million shares of Ventas exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $78.07-$79.72 after having opened the day at $79.60 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $79.81.

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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 $23.8 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 11.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Ventas a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 5 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, solid stock price performance, reasonable valuation levels 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 Ventas 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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