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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 221 points (1.3%) at 17,595 as of Monday, Aug. 10, 2015, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 2,308 issues advancing vs. 703 declining with 133 unchanged.

The Real Estate industry currently sits up 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which is up 1.2%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include American Realty Capital Properties ( ARCP), down 1.6%, Federal Realty Investment ( FRT), down 1.3% and Simon Property Group ( SPG), down 1.2%. Top gainers within the industry include Marcus & Millichap ( MMI), up 6.9%, Essent Group ( ESNT), up 2.5%, Strategic Hotels & Resorts ( BEE), up 2.3%, Santander Consumer USA Holdings ( SC), up 1.8% and Plum Creek Timber ( PCL), up 0.9%.

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

3. Macerich ( MAC) is one of the companies pushing the Real Estate industry lower today. As of noon trading, Macerich is down $0.42 (-0.5%) to $79.94 on light volume. Thus far, 267,939 shares of Macerich exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $79.62-$80.60 after having opened the day at $80.45 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $80.36.

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The Macerich Company is an independent real estate investment trust. The firm invests in the real estate markets of the United States. Macerich has a market cap of $12.7 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 3.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates Macerich a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 14 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Macerich as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, good cash flow from operations and solid stock price performance. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Macerich Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Zillow Group ( Z) is down $1.29 (-1.7%) to $73.23 on light volume. Thus far, 613,685 shares of Zillow Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $73.15-$75.14 after having opened the day at $74.55 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $74.52.

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Zillow Group, Inc. operates real estate and home-related information marketplaces on mobile and the Web in the United States. It offers a portfolio of brands and products to help people find vital information about homes, and connect with local professionals. Zillow Group has a market cap of $4.0 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 29.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Zillow Group a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Zillow Group as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself. Get the full Zillow Group Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Ventas ( VTR) is down $0.46 (-0.7%) to $66.94 on average volume. Thus far, 919,426 shares of Ventas exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $66.60-$68.00 after having opened the day at $67.72 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $67.40.

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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 $22.3 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 6.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. 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).