3 Stocks Pushing The Real Estate Industry Downward - TheStreet

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All three major indices are trading up today with the

Dow Jones Industrial Average

(

^DJI

) trading up 62 points (0.4%) at 16,880 as of Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 2,323 issues advancing vs. 662 declining with 163 unchanged.

The Real Estate industry currently sits up 0.4% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.5%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include

Plum Creek Timber

(

PCL

), down 3.9%,

Retail Properties of America Inc Class A

(

RPAI

), down 1.3%,

DDR

(

DDR

), down 1.0% and

Kimco Realty

(

KIM

), down 0.5%. Top gainers within the industry include

Hilltop Holdings

(

HTH

), up 2.8%,

Gazit-Globe

(

GZT

), up 2.5% and

Brookfield Property Partners

(

BPY

), up 1.1%.

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

3.

AvalonBay Communities

(

AVB

) is one of the companies pushing the Real Estate industry lower today. As of noon trading, AvalonBay Communities is down $1.35 (-0.9%) to $151.11 on average volume. Thus far, 376,999 shares of AvalonBay Communities exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 915,900 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $150.00-$152.39 after having opened the day at $150.15 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $152.46.

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AvalonBay Communities, Inc. engages in the development, redevelopment, acquisition, ownership, and operation of multifamily communities in the United States. AvalonBay Communities has a market cap of $19.8 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 27.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate AvalonBay Communities a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

AvalonBay Communities

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, compelling growth in net income, revenue growth, expanding profit margins and good cash flow from operations. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. Get the full

AvalonBay Communities Ratings Report

now.

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2. As of noon trading,

Equity Residential

(

EQR

) is down $0.46 (-0.7%) to $67.38 on light volume. Thus far, 765,097 shares of Equity Residential exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $67.27-$67.83 after having opened the day at $67.69 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $67.84.

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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 $24.5 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 30.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate Equity Residential a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 8 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 solid stock price performance, revenue growth, good cash flow from operations, impressive record of earnings per share growth 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

Equity Residential Ratings Report

now.

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1. As of noon trading,

Ventas

(

VTR

) is down $0.34 (-0.5%) to $67.06 on light volume. Thus far, 477,595 shares of Ventas exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $66.98-$67.73 after having opened the day at $67.61 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $67.40.

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Ventas, Inc. is a publicly owned real estate investment trust. The firm engages in investment, management, financing, and leasing of properties in the healthcare industry. It invests in the real estate markets of the United States and Canada. Ventas has a market cap of $19.7 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 16.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Ventas a buy, 3 analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Ventas

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, reasonable valuation levels, increase in stock price during the past year and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full

Ventas 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

).

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