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5 Stocks Pushing The Real Estate Industry Lower

Editor's Note: TheStreet ratings do not represent the views of TheStreet's staff or its contributors. Ratings are established by computer based on metrics for performance (which includes growth, stock performance, efficiency and valuation) and risk (volatility and solvency). Companies with poor cash flow or high debt levels tend to earn lower ratings in our model

All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average (^DJI) trading down 25 points (-0.2%) at 14,513 as of Friday, March 15, 2013, 12:49 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,309 issues advancing vs. 1,578 declining with 140 unchanged.

The Real Estate industry currently sits up 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.1%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL), down 1.2%, and CBRE Group (CBG), down 1.0%. Top gainers within the industry include W. P. Carey (WPC), up 5.0%, Forest City (FCE.A), up 3.4%, Colony Financial (CLNY), up 3.1% and Camden Property (CPT), up 0.7%.

TheStreet Ratings group would like to highlight 5 stocks pushing the industry lower today:

5. Nationstar Mortgage Holdings (NSM) is one of the companies pushing the Real Estate industry lower today. As of noon trading, Nationstar Mortgage Holdings is down $0.86 (-2.3%) to $36.74 on average volume Thus far, 602,284 shares of Nationstar Mortgage Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $36.20-$37.42 after having opened the day at $37.41 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $37.60.

National Semiconductor Corporation, a semiconductor company, designs, develops, manufactures, and markets analog and mixed-signal integrated circuits and sub-systems. Nationstar Mortgage Holdings has a market cap of $3.5 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 18.3, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 21.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Nationstar Mortgage Holdings a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Nationstar Mortgage Holdings as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, expanding profit margins and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Nationstar Mortgage Holdings Ratings Report now.

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