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One out of the three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 9 points (0.0%) at 17,542 as of Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2015, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,510 issues advancing vs. 1,477 declining with 142 unchanged.

The Real Estate industry currently sits down 0.5% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.3%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Ocwen Financial ( OCN), down 10.2%, Sabra Health Care REIT ( SBRA), down 4.1%, Medical Properties ( MPW), down 3.6%, Two Harbors Investment ( TWO), down 3.3% and New Residential Investment ( NRZ), down 2.5%. Top gainers within the industry include LGI Homes ( LGIH), up 18.6%, Brookfield Property Partners ( BPY), up 4.8%, CBRE Group ( CBG), up 0.6% and Brookfield Asset Management ( BAM), up 0.6%.

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

3. Host Hotels & Resorts ( HST) is one of the companies pushing the Real Estate industry lower today. As of noon trading, Host Hotels & Resorts is down $0.24 (-1.3%) to $18.94 on light volume. Thus far, 2.0 million shares of Host Hotels & Resorts exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $18.94-$19.34 after having opened the day at $19.31 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $19.19.

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Host Hotels & Resorts, Inc. is a publicly owned real estate investment trust (REIT). The firm primarily engages in the ownership and operation of hotel properties. It invests in the real estate markets of United States. Host Hotels & Resorts has a market cap of $14.5 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 19.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate Host Hotels & Resorts a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Host Hotels & Resorts as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its compelling growth in net income, revenue growth, reasonable valuation levels, impressive record of earnings per share growth and notable return on equity. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Host Hotels & Resorts Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Health Care REIT ( HCN) is down $0.82 (-1.2%) to $68.39 on average volume. Thus far, 1.5 million shares of Health Care REIT exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $68.18-$69.94 after having opened the day at $69.31 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $69.21.

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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 $24.5 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 8.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate Health Care REIT a buy, 1 analyst rates 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 revenue growth, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and reasonable valuation levels. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Health Care REIT Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Ventas ( VTR) is down $0.41 (-0.6%) to $66.35 on heavy volume. Thus far, 2.2 million shares of Ventas exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $66.07-$66.89 after having opened the day at $66.76 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $66.76.

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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 $22.4 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 6.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 4 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, reasonable valuation levels, good cash flow from operations, increase in stock price during the past year and increase in net income. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. 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).