One out of the three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 8 points (0.0%) at 17,223 as of Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2015, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,678 issues advancing vs. 1,268 declining with 204 unchanged.

The Real Estate industry currently is unchanged today versus the S&P 500, which is up 1657.1%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Marcus & Millichap ( MMI), down 4.1%, CoStar Group ( CSGP), down 1.8%, Kilroy Realty ( KRC), down 1.7%, Equity Lifestyle Properties ( ELS), down 1.5% and Vornado Realty ( VNO), down 1.0%. Top gainers within the industry include Howard Hughes ( HHC), up 1.6%, CBL & Associates Properties ( CBL), up 1.8% and Brookfield Property Partners ( BPY), up 0.8%.

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 $0.45 (-0.6%) to $79.68 on average volume. Thus far, 817,605 shares of Equity Residential exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $79.25-$80.97 after having opened the day at $80.10 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $80.13.

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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 $28.7 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 11.5% 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, Welltower ( HCN) is down $0.49 (-0.7%) to $69.65 on light volume. Thus far, 649,105 shares of Welltower exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $69.57-$70.16 after having opened the day at $69.87 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $70.14.

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Welltower 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 $24.4 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 7.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. 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, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, reasonable valuation levels and expanding profit margins. 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 Welltower Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Ventas ( VTR) is down $0.33 (-0.6%) to $57.70 on light volume. Thus far, 580,122 shares of Ventas exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $57.55-$58.09 after having opened the day at $57.81 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $58.03.

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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 $18.9 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 19.1% 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 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).