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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 152 points (-0.9%) at 17,251 as of Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2015, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 952 issues advancing vs. 2,078 declining with 108 unchanged.

The Real Estate industry currently sits down 1.0% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.8%. Top gainers within the industry include CIM Commercial ( CMCT), up 4.6%, and Santander Consumer USA Holdings ( SC), up 0.7%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Marcus & Millichap ( MMI), down 9.8%, HFF ( HF), down 7.2%, Jones Lang LaSalle ( JLL), down 3.7%, CBRE Group ( CBG), down 3.6% and Lamar Advertising ( LAMR), down 2.3%.

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

3. American Capital Agency ( AGNC) is one of the companies pushing the Real Estate industry higher today. As of noon trading, American Capital Agency is up $0.27 (1.4%) to $19.82 on average volume. Thus far, 2.5 million shares of American Capital Agency exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $19.53-$19.83 after having opened the day at $19.61 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $19.55.

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American Capital Agency Corp. operates as a real estate investment trust (REIT) in the United States. American Capital Agency has a market cap of $6.7 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 10.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 5 analysts who rate American Capital Agency a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates American Capital Agency as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its compelling growth in net income, expanding profit margins and impressive record of earnings per share growth. 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 American Capital Agency Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Annaly Capital Management ( NLY) is up $0.10 (1.0%) to $10.26 on heavy volume. Thus far, 12.0 million shares of Annaly Capital Management exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 10.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $10.15-$10.27 after having opened the day at $10.22 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $10.16.

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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 $9.5 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 6.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there is 1 analyst who rates Annaly Capital Management a buy, 3 analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Annaly Capital Management as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, expanding profit margins and growth in earnings per share. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself and disappointing return on equity. Get the full Annaly Capital Management Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, HCP ( HCP) is up $0.40 (1.1%) to $38.44 on heavy volume. Thus far, 2.4 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 $37.90-$38.50 after having opened the day at $37.97 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $38.04.

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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 $17.5 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 13.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 2 analysts who rate HCP a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates HCP as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, deteriorating net income and disappointing return on equity. 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).