All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 86 points (-0.5%) at 17,416 as of Thursday, March 24, 2016, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,023 issues advancing vs. 1,858 declining with 178 unchanged.

The Real Estate industry currently sits down 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.6%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include CBRE Group ( CBG), down 2.2%, Brookfield Asset Management ( BAM), down 1.7%, Jones Lang LaSalle ( JLL), down 1.5%, SL Green Realty ( SLG), down 1.4% and Boston Properties ( BXP), down 1.4%.

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

3. UDR ( UDR) is one of the companies pushing the Real Estate industry lower today. As of noon trading, UDR is down $0.38 (-1.0%) to $36.81 on light volume. Thus far, 405,878 shares of UDR exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $36.74-$37.19 after having opened the day at $36.95 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $37.19.

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UDR, Inc. is an independent real estate investment trust. The firm invests in the real estate markets of the United States. It owns, operates, acquires, renovates, develops, redevelops, and manages multifamily apartment communities. UDR has a market cap of $9.8 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 1.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate UDR a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 11 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates UDR as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, solid stock price performance, compelling growth in net income, good cash flow from operations and impressive record of earnings per share growth. 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 UDR Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Equity Residential ( EQR) is down $0.72 (-1.0%) to $71.82 on light volume. Thus far, 591,303 shares of Equity Residential exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $71.77-$72.49 after having opened the day at $71.92 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $72.54.

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Equity Residential, a real estate investment trust (REIT), engages in the acquisition, development, and management of multifamily properties in the United States. Equity Residential has a market cap of $26.6 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 11.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Equity Residential a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 15 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Equity Residential as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, expanding profit margins and notable return on equity. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Equity Residential Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, General Growth Properties ( GGP) is down $0.33 (-1.1%) to $28.61 on light volume. Thus far, 794,250 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 $28.54-$28.81 after having opened the day at $28.77 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $28.94.

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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 6.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. 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, good cash flow from operations and solid stock price performance. 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).