Two out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 14 points (-0.1%) at 16,898 as of Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,961 issues advancing vs. 1,038 declining with 137 unchanged.

The Real Estate industry currently sits up 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.8%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include NorthStar Asset Management Group ( NSAM), down 2.1%, Kilroy Realty ( KRC), down 1.0%, SL Green Realty ( SLG), down 0.6% and Public Storage ( PSA), down 0.5%. Top gainers within the industry include Nationstar Mortgage Holdings ( NSM), up 4.9%, Diamondrock Hospitality ( DRH), up 3.0%, Host Hotels & Resorts ( HST), up 1.1%, Icahn ( IEP), up 1.1% and Weyerhaeuser ( WY), up 0.8%.

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 $0.97 (-0.8%) to $120.28 on light volume. Thus far, 276,105 shares of Boston Properties exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 874,800 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $119.81-$121.49 after having opened the day at $121.11 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $121.25.

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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 $18.5 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 33.3, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 24.9. Shares are down 5.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 11 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, solid stock price performance, expanding profit margins and increase in net income. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat weak growth in earnings per share. Get the full Boston Properties Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Welltower ( HCN) is down $0.68 (-1.0%) to $68.94 on average volume. Thus far, 901,836 shares of Welltower exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $68.88-$69.82 after having opened the day at $69.69 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $69.62.

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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. Welltower has a market cap of $24.3 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 27.5, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 24.9. Shares are down 8.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate Welltower a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

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

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1. As of noon trading, Simon Property Group ( SPG) is down $1.03 (-0.5%) to $193.19 on light volume. Thus far, 327,618 shares of Simon Property Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $192.34-$194.65 after having opened the day at $193.90 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $194.22.

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Simon Property Group, Inc. is an equity real estate investment trust. The firm invests in the real estate markets across the globe. It engages in investment, ownership, management, and development of properties. Simon Property Group has a market cap of $59.3 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 39.9, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 24.9. Shares are up 6.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 15 analysts that rate Simon Property Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Simon Property Group as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share and good cash flow from operations. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. Get the full Simon Property Group 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).