One out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 3 points (0.0%) at 16,334 as of Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,827 issues advancing vs. 1,113 declining with 152 unchanged.

The Real Estate industry currently sits up 0.6% versus the S&P 500, which is unchanged. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include PennyMac Mortgage Investment ( PMT), down 16.6%, CIM Commercial ( CMCT), down 4.5%, Extra Space Storage ( EXR), down 2.4% and Jones Lang LaSalle ( JLL), down 1.4%. Top gainers within the industry include Host Hotels & Resorts ( HST), up 3.5%, Icahn ( IEP), up 3.6%, Boston Properties ( BXP), up 2.9%, CBRE Group ( CBG), up 2.6% and SL Green Realty ( SLG), up 2.2%.

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

3. CubeSmart ( CUBE) is one of the companies pushing the Real Estate industry lower today. As of noon trading, CubeSmart is down $0.67 (-2.1%) to $30.48 on light volume. Thus far, 371,909 shares of CubeSmart exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $30.45-$31.01 after having opened the day at $31.01 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $31.15.

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CubeSmart is a self-administered and self-managed real estate company focused on the ownership, operation, acquisition and development of self-storage facilities in the United States. CubeSmart has a market cap of $5.4 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 1.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate CubeSmart a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates CubeSmart as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth, increase in net income, good cash flow from operations and solid stock price performance. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full CubeSmart Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Mid-America Apartment Communities ( MAA) is down $4.50 (-4.9%) to $87.97 on heavy volume. Thus far, 721,491 shares of Mid-America Apartment Communities exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 485,200 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $86.11-$92.34 after having opened the day at $90.47 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $92.47.

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Mid-America Apartment Communities, Inc. is an independent real estate investment trust. The firm invests in the real estate markets of the United States. It is engaged in acquisition, redevelopment, new development, property management, and disposition of multifamily apartment communities. Mid-America Apartment Communities has a market cap of $7.0 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 1.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate Mid-America Apartment Communities a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Mid-America Apartment Communities 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 reasonable valuation levels. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Mid-America Apartment Communities Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Public Storage ( PSA) is down $4.41 (-1.7%) to $248.70 on light volume. Thus far, 290,618 shares of Public Storage exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 813,700 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $248.30-$252.84 after having opened the day at $252.71 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $253.11.

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Public Storage is an equity real estate investment trust. It engages in the acquisition, development, ownership, and operation of self-storage facilities in the United States and Europe. Public Storage has a market cap of $44.2 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 2.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Public Storage a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 13 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Public Storage 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 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 Public Storage 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).