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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 110 points (-0.6%) at 18,094 as of Wednesday, March 4, 2015, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 978 issues advancing vs. 1,971 declining with 175 unchanged.

The Real Estate industry currently sits down 0.5% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.5%. A company within the industry that increased today was Icahn ( IEP), up 1.2%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include CoStar Group ( CSGP), down 1.3%, Digital Realty ( DLR), down 1.3%, Duke Realty ( DRE), down 1.3%, Weyerhaeuser ( WY), down 1.2% and Vornado Realty ( VNO), down 1.2%.

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

3. Essent Group ( ESNT) is one of the companies pushing the Real Estate industry higher today. As of noon trading, Essent Group is up $0.41 (1.8%) to $23.82 on average volume. Thus far, 209,117 shares of Essent Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 416,300 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $23.79-$24.10 after having opened the day at $23.82 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $23.41.

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Essent Group Ltd., through its subsidiaries, operates as a mortgage insurance company in the United States. It offers private mortgage insurance, including primary and pool insurance products, as well as reinsurance products for mortgages secured by residential properties. Essent Group has a market cap of $2.2 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 8.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 4 analysts who rate Essent Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Essent Group as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth and compelling growth in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the stock has had a generally disappointing performance in the past year. Get the full Essent Group Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Brookfield Asset Management ( BAM) is up $0.56 (1.0%) to $54.74 on light volume. Thus far, 173,061 shares of Brookfield Asset Management exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 522,800 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $53.88-$54.74 after having opened the day at $53.92 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $54.18.

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Brookfield Asset Management Inc. is a publicly owned asset management holding company. Through its subsidiaries the firm invests in the property, power, and infrastructure sectors. Brookfield Asset Management has a market cap of $34.0 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 8.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 3 analysts who rate Brookfield Asset Management a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Brookfield Asset Management as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, compelling growth in net income, reasonable valuation levels, impressive record of earnings per share growth and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated. Get the full Brookfield Asset Management Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Annaly Capital Management ( NLY) is up $0.06 (0.6%) to $10.66 on light volume. Thus far, 1.4 million shares of Annaly Capital Management exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $10.58-$10.66 after having opened the day at $10.60 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $10.60.

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Annaly Capital Management, Inc. owns a portfolio of real estate related investments in the United States. Annaly Capital Management has a market cap of $10.1 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 1.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there is 1 analyst who rates Annaly Capital Management a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Annaly Capital Management as a hold. Among the primary strengths of the company is its expanding profit margins over time. At the same time, however, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself. Get the full Annaly Capital Management 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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