5 Stocks Pushing The Real Estate Industry Lower

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 20 points (-0.2%) at 12,795 as of Monday, Nov. 12, 2012, 11:49 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,283 issues advancing vs. 1,555 declining with 129 unchanged.

The Real Estate industry currently sits down 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.1%. A company within the industry that fell today was Icahn ( IEP), up 2.0%.

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

5. Alexandria Real Estate Equities ( ARE) is one of the companies pushing the Real Estate industry lower today. As of noon trading, Alexandria Real Estate Equities is down $1.31 (-1.9%) to $66.14 on light volume Thus far, 116,866 shares of Alexandria Real Estate Equities exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 321,100 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $65.94-$67.30 after having opened the day at $66.85 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $67.45.

Alexandria Real Estate Equities, Inc., a real estate investment trust (REIT), engages in the ownership, operation, management, development, acquisition, and redevelopment of properties for the life sciences industry. Alexandria Real Estate Equities has a market cap of $4.2 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 49.8, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 2.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Alexandria Real Estate Equities a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Alexandria Real Estate Equities as a hold. Among the primary strengths of the company is its revenue growth. At the same time, however, we also find weaknesses including feeble growth in the company's earnings per share, deteriorating net income and disappointing return on equity. Get the full Alexandria Real Estate Equities Ratings Report now.

4. As of noon trading, Nationstar Mortgage Holdings ( NSM) is down $0.81 (-3.0%) to $26.53 on light volume Thus far, 326,606 shares of Nationstar Mortgage Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $26.39-$27.41 after having opened the day at $27.28 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $27.34.

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 $2.4 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 20.8, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are unchanged year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Nationstar Mortgage Holdings a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate 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.

3. As of noon trading, Vornado Realty ( VNO) is down $0.88 (-1.1%) to $76.44 on light volume Thus far, 339,530 shares of Vornado Realty exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 966,500 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $76.08-$76.89 after having opened the day at $76.89 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $77.32.

Vornado Realty Trust is a privately owned real estate investment trust. The trust engages in investment, ownership, and management of commercial real estate. It invests in the real estate markets of United States. The trust primarily invests in office, industrial and retail properties. Vornado Realty has a market cap of $14.5 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 34.7, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 0.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate Vornado Realty a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Vornado Realty as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, revenue growth and reasonable valuation levels. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including disappointing return on equity, a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself and weak operating cash flow. Get the full Vornado Realty Ratings Report now.

2. As of noon trading, American Tower ( AMT) is down $0.61 (-0.8%) to $74.23 on light volume Thus far, 617,400 shares of American Tower exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $73.76-$75.24 after having opened the day at $75.13 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $74.84.

American Tower Corporation, a real estate investment trust, operates as a wireless and broadcast communications infrastructure company. It develops, owns, and operates communications sites. American Tower has a market cap of $29.4 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 42.1, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 24.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 14 analysts that rate American Tower a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates American Tower as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, revenue growth and notable return on equity. 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 American Tower Ratings Report now.

1. As of noon trading, American Express ( AXP) is down $0.34 (-0.6%) to $55.49 on light volume Thus far, 910,375 shares of American Express exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $55.47-$56.10 after having opened the day at $56.00 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $55.83.

American Express Company provides charge and credit payment card products and travel-related services to customers worldwide. American Express has a market cap of $62.2 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 12.9, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 18.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 11 analysts that rate American Express a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates American Express as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its growth in earnings per share, revenue growth, good cash flow from operations, solid stock price performance and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated. Get the full American Express Ratings Report now.

If you are interested in one of these 4 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).

A reminder about TheStreet Ratings group: 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.

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