One out of the three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 28 points (0.2%) at 17,783 as of Friday, Oct. 30, 2015, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,543 issues advancing vs. 1,349 declining with 225 unchanged.

The Real Estate industry currently sits down 0.6% versus the S&P 500, which is unchanged. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Essex Property ( ESS), down 3.5%, Santander Consumer USA Holdings ( SC), down 2.8%, Camden Property ( CPT), down 2.8%, Mid-America Apartment Communities ( MAA), down 2.4% and Ventas ( VTR), down 2.1%. Top gainers within the industry include Leju Holdings ( LEJU), up 8.2%, Digital Realty ( DLR), up 2.0% and Icahn ( IEP), up 1.2%.

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 $0.94 (-1.2%) to $77.20 on average volume. Thus far, 924,194 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 $77.15-$78.39 after having opened the day at $77.97 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $78.14.

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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 $29.0 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 8.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Equity Residential a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 16 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 revenue growth, expanding profit margins, solid stock price performance and notable return on equity. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Equity Residential Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, HCP ( HCP) is down $0.94 (-2.5%) to $37.30 on average volume. Thus far, 1.4 million shares of HCP exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $37.23-$38.34 after having opened the day at $38.17 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $38.24.

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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 $17.8 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 13.2% 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, Welltower ( HCN) is down $2.44 (-3.6%) to $64.50 on heavy volume. Thus far, 2.0 million shares of Welltower exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $64.05-$67.75 after having opened the day at $67.75 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $66.95.

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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 $24.0 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 11.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Welltower a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 8 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 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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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).