All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 104 points (0.6%) at 17,586 as of Friday, March 18, 2016, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,835 issues advancing vs. 1,105 declining with 153 unchanged.

The Real Estate industry currently sits up 0.3% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.4%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include CBL & Associates Properties ( CBL), down 6.0%, Sovran Self Storage ( SSS), down 1.4%, Icahn ( IEP), down 1.1%, SL Green Realty ( SLG), down 1.1% and DDR ( DDR), down 1.0%. Top gainers within the industry include Momo ( MOMO), up 6.3%, CIM Commercial ( CMCT), up 4.5%, Chesapeake Lodging ( CHSP), up 3.7%, Forest City Realty ( FCE.B), up 3.0% and Pebblebrook Hotel ( PEB), up 2.9%.

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 $1.80 (-1.1%) to $157.16 on light volume. Thus far, 229,333 shares of Federal Realty Investment exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 740,500 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $157.10-$159.15 after having opened the day at $159.10 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $158.96.

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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 $10.7 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 8.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. 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 $0.41 (-0.7%) to $61.16 on light volume. Thus far, 782,485 shares of Realty Income exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $60.76-$61.52 after having opened the day at $61.33 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $61.57.

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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 $15.0 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 19.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. 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, General Growth Properties ( GGP) is down $0.42 (-1.4%) to $29.75 on average volume. Thus far, 2.2 million shares of General Growth Properties exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $29.71-$30.19 after having opened the day at $30.15 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $30.17.

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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 $25.6 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 10.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. 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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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).