All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 4 points (0.0%) at 16,773 as of Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,538 issues advancing vs. 1,434 declining with 163 unchanged.

The Real Estate industry currently sits down 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.7%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include LendingTree ( TREE), down 6.6%, Santander Consumer USA Holdings ( SC), down 2.2%, Extra Space Storage ( EXR), down 1.5%, CubeSmart ( CUBE), down 1.5% and Jones Lang LaSalle ( JLL), down 1.4%. A company within the industry that increased today was Icahn ( IEP), up 0.6%.

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

3. Equity Residential ( EQR) is one of the companies pushing the Real Estate industry lower today. As of noon trading, Equity Residential is down $0.62 (-0.8%) to $75.80 on average volume. Thus far, 699,704 shares of Equity Residential exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $75.67-$76.79 after having opened the day at $76.43 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $76.42.

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Equity Residential, a real estate investment trust (REIT), engages in the acquisition, development, and management of multifamily properties in the United States. Equity Residential has a market cap of $27.7 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 30.8, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 24.6. Shares are up 6.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Equity Residential a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 15 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Equity Residential as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, revenue growth and expanding profit margins. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. Get the full Equity Residential Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Public Storage ( PSA) is down $2.30 (-1.0%) to $217.81 on light volume. Thus far, 183,406 shares of Public Storage exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 641,800 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $217.40-$220.51 after having opened the day at $220.07 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $220.11.

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Public Storage is an equity real estate investment trust. It engages in the acquisition, development, ownership, and operation of self-storage facilities in the United States and Europe. Public Storage has a market cap of $37.4 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 37.7, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 24.6. Shares are up 19.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Public Storage a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Public Storage as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share, revenue growth, expanding profit margins and good cash flow from operations. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook. Get the full Public Storage Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Ventas ( VTR) is down $0.30 (-0.5%) to $57.02 on light volume. Thus far, 759,474 shares of Ventas exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $56.85-$57.63 after having opened the day at $57.14 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $57.32.

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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 $18.6 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 36.4, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 24.6. Shares are down 20.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Ventas a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 6 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, solid stock price performance 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).