All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 230 points (-1.3%) at 17,266 as of Friday, Dec. 18, 2015, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,238 issues advancing vs. 1,715 declining with 142 unchanged.

The Real Estate industry currently sits down 0.5% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.8%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include RLJ Lodging ( RLJ), down 4.9%, Hospitality Properties ( HPT), down 2.7%, Liberty Property ( LPT), down 2.7%, Howard Hughes ( HHC), down 2.5% and CBRE Group ( CBG), down 2.1%. A company within the industry that increased today was Digital Realty ( DLR), up 1.2%.

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

3. Macerich ( MAC) is one of the companies pushing the Real Estate industry lower today. As of noon trading, Macerich is down $1.01 (-1.3%) to $78.84 on light volume. Thus far, 329,373 shares of Macerich exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $78.72-$80.14 after having opened the day at $79.44 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $79.85.

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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 $12.7 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 4.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate Macerich a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 13 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Macerich as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, notable return on equity and good cash flow from operations. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Macerich Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Boston Properties ( BXP) is down $1.79 (-1.4%) to $128.23 on average volume. Thus far, 367,699 shares of Boston Properties exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 803,800 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $127.93-$130.07 after having opened the day at $129.51 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $130.02.

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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 $20.0 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 1.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 12 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 compelling growth in net income, revenue growth, reasonable valuation levels, expanding profit margins and good cash flow from operations. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. Get the full Boston Properties Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Weyerhaeuser ( WY) is down $0.93 (-3.0%) to $29.71 on average volume. Thus far, 2.0 million shares of Weyerhaeuser exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $29.71-$30.39 after having opened the day at $30.34 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $30.64.

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Weyerhaeuser Co. is a real estate investment trust. It primarily invests in United States. The firm operates under four business segments, timberlands, wood products, cellulose fibers and real estate. It owns timberlands primarily in the U.S and has long-term licenses in Canada. Weyerhaeuser has a market cap of $15.8 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are down 14.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate Weyerhaeuser a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Weyerhaeuser as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its reasonable valuation levels 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 Weyerhaeuser 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).