All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 95 points (0.6%) at 16,447 as of Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 2,140 issues advancing vs. 838 declining with 150 unchanged.

The Real Estate industry currently sits up 0.3% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.5%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Gazit-Globe ( GZT), down 2.2%, and Health Care REIT ( HCN), down 0.7%. Top gainers within the industry include LendingTree ( TREE), up 6.1%, Alexander & Baldwin ( ALEX), up 2.7%, First Industrial Realty ( FR), up 2.4%, CyrusOne ( CONE), up 2.1% and CoStar Group ( CSGP), up 1.8%.

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

3. Extra Space Storage ( EXR) is one of the companies pushing the Real Estate industry lower today. As of noon trading, Extra Space Storage is down $0.42 (-0.6%) to $73.15 on light volume. Thus far, 273,304 shares of Extra Space Storage exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 956,900 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $73.05-$74.05 after having opened the day at $73.05 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $73.57.

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Extra Space Storage, Inc. operates as a real estate investment trust (REIT) in the United States. It engages in property management and development activities that include acquiring, managing, developing, and selling, as well as the rental of self-storage facilities. Extra Space Storage has a market cap of $8.9 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 41.0, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 24.2. Shares are up 25.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate Extra Space Storage a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Extra Space Storage as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income and expanding profit margins. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. Get the full Extra Space Storage Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Macerich ( MAC) is down $0.52 (-0.7%) to $75.22 on light volume. Thus far, 250,334 shares of Macerich exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $75.22-$76.07 after having opened the day at $75.81 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $75.74.

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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 $11.8 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 7.1, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 24.2. Shares are down 9.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. 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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1. As of noon trading, HCP ( HCP) is down $0.28 (-0.8%) to $36.46 on light volume. Thus far, 994,076 shares of HCP exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $36.46-$36.96 after having opened the day at $36.76 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $36.73.

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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 $16.9 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 46.4, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 24.2. Shares are down 16.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. 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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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).