All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 235 points (-1.4%) at 16,214 as of Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 585 issues advancing vs. 2,394 declining with 114 unchanged.

The Real Estate industry currently sits down 1.3% versus the S&P 500, which is down 1.1%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Santander Consumer USA Holdings ( SC), down 4.8%, SL Green Realty ( SLG), down 4.0%, Vornado Realty ( VNO), down 2.6%, Brookfield Asset Management Inc Class A ( BAM), down 2.5% and Icahn ( IEP), down 2.4%. A company within the industry that increased today was Extra Space Storage ( EXR), up 0.7%.

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

3. AvalonBay Communities ( AVB) is one of the companies pushing the Real Estate industry lower today. As of noon trading, AvalonBay Communities is down $2.17 (-1.3%) to $169.80 on light volume. Thus far, 244,745 shares of AvalonBay Communities exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 845,000 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $168.81-$173.47 after having opened the day at $172.43 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $171.97.

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AvalonBay Communities, Inc. engages in the development, redevelopment, acquisition, ownership, and operation of multifamily communities in the United States. AvalonBay Communities has a market cap of $23.5 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 6.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate AvalonBay Communities a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates AvalonBay Communities as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its good cash flow from operations, expanding profit margins 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 AvalonBay Communities Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Ventas ( VTR) is down $0.79 (-1.4%) to $54.69 on average volume. Thus far, 1.1 million shares of Ventas exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $54.42-$55.48 after having opened the day at $55.32 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $55.48.

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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 $18.4 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 1.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate Ventas a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Ventas as a hold. Among the primary strengths of the company is its revenue growth. At the same time, however, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and poor profit margins. Get the full Ventas Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Welltower ( HCN) is down $0.71 (-1.1%) to $62.12 on light volume. Thus far, 676,429 shares of Welltower exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $61.87-$62.86 after having opened the day at $62.83 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $62.83.

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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 $22.0 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 7.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Welltower a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 10 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 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 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).