All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 63 points (-0.4%) at 17,011 as of Tuesday, March 8, 2016, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 692 issues advancing vs. 2,226 declining with 131 unchanged.

The Real Estate industry currently sits down 1.2% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.8%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Pebblebrook Hotel ( PEB), down 5.1%, CBRE Group ( CBG), down 4.3%, LaSalle Hotel Properties ( LHO), down 4.0%, RLJ Lodging ( RLJ), down 3.6% and Icahn ( IEP), down 3.2%. A company within the industry that increased today was Realty Income ( O), up 1.9%.

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

3. HCP ( HCP) is one of the companies pushing the Real Estate industry lower today. As of noon trading, HCP is down $0.44 (-1.4%) to $32.03 on light volume. Thus far, 1.5 million shares of HCP exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $31.80-$32.47 after having opened the day at $32.47 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $32.47.

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HCP, Inc. is an independent hybrid real estate investment trust. The fund invests in real estate markets of the United States. HCP has a market cap of $14.7 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 15.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate HCP a buy, 4 analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates HCP 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 weak operating cash flow. Get the full HCP Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, General Growth Properties ( GGP) is down $0.26 (-0.9%) to $28.09 on light volume. Thus far, 993,903 shares of General Growth Properties exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $27.96-$28.39 after having opened the day at $28.27 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $28.35.

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General Growth Properties, Inc is an equity real estate investment trust. The firm invests in the real estate markets of the United States. It engages in owning, managing, leasing, and redeveloping high-quality regional malls. General Growth Properties, Inc is based in Chicago, Illinois. General Growth Properties has a market cap of $25.1 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 4.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate General Growth Properties a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates General Growth Properties as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its notable return on equity, expanding profit margins and good cash flow from operations. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full General Growth Properties Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Host Hotels & Resorts ( HST) is down $0.42 (-2.5%) to $16.42 on average volume. Thus far, 4.0 million shares of Host Hotels & Resorts exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 9.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $16.29-$16.84 after having opened the day at $16.73 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $16.84.

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Host Hotels & Resorts, Inc. is a publicly owned real estate investment trust (REIT). The firm primarily engages in the ownership and operation of hotel properties. It invests in the real estate markets of United States. Host Hotels & Resorts has a market cap of $12.4 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 9.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate Host Hotels & Resorts a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Host Hotels & Resorts as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth and reasonable valuation levels. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and weak operating cash flow. Get the full Host Hotels & Resorts 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).