All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 140 points (-0.9%) at 16,292 as of Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2016, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 781 issues advancing vs. 2,154 declining with 147 unchanged.

The Real Estate industry currently sits down 0.9% versus the S&P 500, which is down 1.1%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Realogy Holdings ( RLGY), down 5.2%, CBRE Group ( CBG), down 3.5%, Mid-America Apartment Communities ( MAA), down 2.2%, Ally Financial ( ALLY), down 2.0% and UDR ( UDR), down 1.7%.

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

3. Extra Space Storage ( EXR) is one of the companies pushing the Real Estate industry lower today. As of noon trading, Extra Space Storage is down $2.80 (-3.3%) to $83.10 on light volume. Thus far, 445,777 shares of Extra Space Storage exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $82.83-$86.85 after having opened the day at $85.01 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $85.90.

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Extra Space Storage, Inc. operates as a real estate investment trust (REIT) in the United States. It engages in property management and development activities that include acquiring, managing, developing, and selling, as well as the rental of self-storage facilities. Extra Space Storage has a market cap of $10.6 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 2.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate Extra Space Storage a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Extra Space Storage as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations, solid stock price performance and growth in earnings per share. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. Get the full Extra Space Storage Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, AvalonBay Communities ( AVB) is down $0.89 (-0.5%) to $169.58 on light volume. Thus far, 150,849 shares of AvalonBay Communities exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 927,600 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $168.96-$172.36 after having opened the day at $172.36 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $170.47.

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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 $23.4 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 7.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 9 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 revenue growth, increase in net income, growth in earnings per share, relatively strong performance when compared with the S&P 500 during the past year and notable return on equity. 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 AvalonBay Communities Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Public Storage ( PSA) is down $3.20 (-1.3%) to $250.52 on light volume. Thus far, 212,235 shares of Public Storage exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 903,900 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $249.60-$254.44 after having opened the day at $252.46 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $253.72.

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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 $43.9 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 2.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. 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 solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share, increase 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 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).