One out of the three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 35 points (-0.2%) at 18,458 as of Tuesday, July 26, 2016, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,840 issues advancing vs. 1,054 declining with 156 unchanged.

The Real Estate industry currently is unchanged today versus the S&P 500, which is unchanged. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Pebblebrook Hotel ( PEB), down 4.8%, Select Income REIT ( SIR), down 3.8%, LaSalle Hotel Properties ( LHO), down 2.8%, Sunstone Hotel Investors ( SHO), down 2.3% and Omega Healthcare Investors ( OHI), down 1.9%. Top gainers within the industry include Santander Consumer USA Holdings ( SC), up 1.9%, Icahn ( IEP), up 1.8%, Kilroy Realty ( KRC), up 1.2%, Starwood Property ( STWD), up 0.9% and CoStar Group ( CSGP), up 0.6%.

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 $0.30 (-0.8%) to $38.78 on light volume. Thus far, 1.1 million shares of HCP exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $38.64-$38.98 after having opened the day at $38.89 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $39.08.

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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 $18.2 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 2.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates HCP a buy, 3 analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates HCP as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, revenue growth and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company's return on equity has been disappointing. Get the full HCP Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Equity Residential ( EQR) is down $0.38 (-0.5%) to $69.78 on light volume. Thus far, 818,464 shares of Equity Residential exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $69.37-$69.90 after having opened the day at $69.70 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $70.16.

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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 $25.7 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 14.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate Equity Residential a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 13 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 impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, notable return on equity and expanding profit margins. 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, Host Hotels & Resorts ( HST) is down $0.41 (-2.3%) to $17.55 on heavy volume. Thus far, 8.3 million shares of Host Hotels & Resorts exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 10.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $17.29-$17.95 after having opened the day at $17.88 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $17.96.

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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 $13.4 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 17.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 4 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 buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, revenue growth, reasonable valuation levels, good cash flow from operations and growth in earnings per share. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. 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).