All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 18 points (-0.1%) at 16,848 as of Wednesday, March 2, 2016, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,599 issues advancing vs. 1,307 declining with 169 unchanged.

The Real Estate industry currently sits up 0.5% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.1%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Jones Lang LaSalle ( JLL), down 3.0%, and American Tower ( AMT), down 0.5%. Top gainers within the industry include Icahn ( IEP), up 5.1%, New Residential Investment ( NRZ), up 3.8%, Camden Property ( CPT), up 1.5%, Ventas ( VTR), up 1.0% and Welltower ( HCN), up 0.9%.

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

3. Federal Realty Investment ( FRT) is one of the companies pushing the Real Estate industry lower today. As of noon trading, Federal Realty Investment is down $1.20 (-0.8%) to $150.11 on light volume. Thus far, 251,634 shares of Federal Realty Investment exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 736,700 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $148.84-$150.11 after having opened the day at $148.90 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $151.31.

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Federal Realty Investment Trust operates as a real estate investment trust, which engages in the ownership, management, development, and redevelopment of retail and mixed-use properties. Federal Realty Investment has a market cap of $10.3 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 3.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate Federal Realty Investment a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Federal Realty Investment 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, notable return on equity and solid stock price performance. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company is trading at a premium valuation based on our review of its current price compared to such things as earnings and book value. Get the full Federal Realty Investment Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Realty Income ( O) is down $0.42 (-0.7%) to $58.41 on light volume. Thus far, 519,840 shares of Realty Income exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $58.16-$58.76 after having opened the day at $58.47 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $58.83.

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Realty Income Corporation is a publicly traded real estate investment trust. It invests in the real estate markets of the United States. The firm makes investments in commercial real estate. Realty Income Corporation was founded in 1969 and is based in Escondido, California. Realty Income has a market cap of $14.7 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 13.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate Realty Income a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

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

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1. As of noon trading, Equinix ( EQIX) is down $6.49 (-2.1%) to $301.91 on light volume. Thus far, 319,541 shares of Equinix exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $300.78-$308.00 after having opened the day at $304.50 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $308.40.

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Equinix, Inc. is a publicly owned real estate investment trust. Equinix has a market cap of $21.0 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 2.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 11 analysts that rate Equinix a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Equinix as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth and compelling growth in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company's return on equity has been disappointing. Get the full Equinix 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).