Two out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 33 points (-0.2%) at 16,622 as of Friday, Aug. 28, 2015, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,877 issues advancing vs. 1,144 declining with 123 unchanged.

The Real Estate industry currently sits up 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.1%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Vornado Realty ( VNO), down 1.6%, General Growth Properties ( GGP), down 1.4%, Federal Realty Investment ( FRT), down 1.0%, Simon Property Group ( SPG), down 1.2% and Kimco Realty ( KIM), down 1.1%. Top gainers within the industry include Ashford Hospitality Prime ( AHP), up 11.6%, Outfront Media ( OUT), up 2.2%, Icahn ( IEP), up 2.1%, Equinix ( EQIX), up 0.8% and Weyerhaeuser ( WY), up 0.7%.

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

3. Boston Properties ( BXP) is one of the companies pushing the Real Estate industry lower today. As of noon trading, Boston Properties is down $1.18 (-1.0%) to $115.61 on light volume. Thus far, 272,871 shares of Boston Properties exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 842,400 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $115.37-$116.78 after having opened the day at $116.40 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $116.79.

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Boston Properties, Inc., a real estate investment trust (REIT), together with its subsidiaries, engages in the ownership and development of office properties. Boston Properties has a market cap of $17.5 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 31.5, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 24.8. Shares are down 9.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 12 analysts that rate Boston Properties a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Boston Properties as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, good cash flow from operations, notable return on equity and increase in net income. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Boston Properties Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, HCP ( HCP) is down $0.47 (-1.2%) to $37.47 on light volume. Thus far, 997,634 shares of HCP exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $37.46-$37.96 after having opened the day at $37.94 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $37.94.

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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 $17.4 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 47.5, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 24.8. Shares are down 13.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. 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 hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, expanding profit margins and good cash flow from operations. 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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1. As of noon trading, Health Care REIT ( HCN) is down $0.45 (-0.7%) to $64.87 on light volume. Thus far, 667,451 shares of Health Care REIT exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $64.57-$65.50 after having opened the day at $65.37 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $65.32.

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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 $22.7 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 25.7, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 24.8. Shares are down 13.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. 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, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, reasonable valuation levels and good cash flow from operations. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Health Care REIT 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).