Two out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 22 points (0.1%) at 18,013 as of Wednesday, April 27, 2016, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,726 issues advancing vs. 1,184 declining with 169 unchanged.

The Real Estate industry currently sits down 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.1%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Ally Financial ( ALLY), down 3.1%, UDR ( UDR), down 2.5%, Essex Property ( ESS), down 1.2%, Realty Income ( O), down 1.1% and Vornado Realty ( VNO), down 1.1%. A company within the industry that increased today was Jones Lang LaSalle ( JLL), up 4.9%.

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

3. Equity Residential ( EQR) is one of the companies pushing the Real Estate industry lower today. As of noon trading, Equity Residential is down $2.41 (-3.4%) to $68.12 on heavy volume. Thus far, 1.8 million 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 $66.82-$69.10 after having opened the day at $67.68 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $70.53.

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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 $26.0 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 13.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Equity Residential a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 14 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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2. As of noon trading, HCP ( HCP) is down $0.40 (-1.2%) to $34.10 on light volume. Thus far, 1.1 million shares of HCP exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $34.00-$34.61 after having opened the day at $34.54 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $34.50.

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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 $15.8 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 9.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates 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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1. As of noon trading, Public Storage ( PSA) is down $8.90 (-3.5%) to $247.91 on average volume. Thus far, 554,741 shares of Public Storage exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 753,100 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $246.00-$254.38 after having opened the day at $253.82 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $256.81.

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Public Storage is an equity real estate investment trust. It engages in the acquisition, development, ownership, and operation of self-storage facilities in the United States and Europe. Public Storage has a market cap of $44.8 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 3.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate Public Storage a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 12 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Public Storage as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income, revenue growth and expanding profit margins. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Public Storage 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).