One out of the three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 26 points (-0.2%) at 17,225 as of Wednesday, March 16, 2016, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,758 issues advancing vs. 1,148 declining with 164 unchanged.

The Real Estate industry currently sits up 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is unchanged. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include HCP ( HCP), down 1.7%, Ventas ( VTR), down 1.3% and Simon Property Group ( SPG), down 1.0%. Top gainers within the industry include Forest City Realty ( FCE.A), up 2.3%, American Campus Communities ( ACC), up 1.7%, Extra Space Storage ( EXR), up 0.8%, Public Storage ( PSA), up 0.7% and Equinix ( EQIX), up 0.8%.

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

3. DDR ( DDR) is one of the companies pushing the Real Estate industry lower today. As of noon trading, DDR is down $0.20 (-1.2%) to $17.10 on light volume. Thus far, 573,439 shares of DDR exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $17.07-$17.23 after having opened the day at $17.22 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $17.30.

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DDR Corp. is an equity real estate investment trust. It invests in the real estate markets of the United States and Puerto Rico. The firm is in the business of acquiring, owning, developing, redeveloping, expanding, leasing and managing shopping centers. DDR has a market cap of $6.3 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 2.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate DDR a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 12 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates DDR as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, good cash flow from operations and growth in earnings per share. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including disappointing return on equity and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself. Get the full DDR Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Macerich ( MAC) is down $0.42 (-0.5%) to $79.23 on light volume. Thus far, 367,991 shares of Macerich exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $79.04-$79.90 after having opened the day at $79.34 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $79.65.

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The Macerich Company is an independent real estate investment trust. The firm invests in the real estate markets of the United States. Macerich has a market cap of $11.9 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 1.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Macerich a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Macerich as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat weak growth in earnings per share. Get the full Macerich Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Essex Property ( ESS) is down $1.15 (-0.5%) to $220.17 on light volume. Thus far, 98,508 shares of Essex Property exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 515,400 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $219.29-$221.44 after having opened the day at $220.50 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $221.32.

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Essex Property Trust, Inc. operates as a self-administered and self-managed real estate investment trust in the United States. It engages in the ownership, operation, management, acquisition, development, and redevelopment of apartment communities, as well as commercial properties. Essex Property has a market cap of $14.5 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 7.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate Essex Property a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Essex Property as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its compelling growth in net income, revenue growth, expanding profit margins, impressive record of earnings per share growth and notable return on equity. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Essex Property 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).