5 Stocks Pushing The Real Estate Industry Lower

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Two out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 40 points (0.3%) at 12,582 as of Friday, Nov. 16, 2012, 11:59 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,549 issues advancing vs. 1,392 declining with 99 unchanged.

The Real Estate industry currently is unchanged today versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.1%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Extra Space Storage ( EXR), down 1.8%, and Vornado Realty ( VNO), down 0.6%. Top gainers within the industry include American Capital Agency ( AGNC), up 3.7%, Hatteras Financial Corporation ( HTS), up 2.9%, MFA Financial ( MFA), up 2.7%, Annaly Capital Management ( NLY), up 1.6% and American Tower ( AMT), up 1.3%.

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

5. Brookfield Asset Management ( BAM) is one of the companies pushing the Real Estate industry lower today. As of noon trading, Brookfield Asset Management is down $0.36 (-1.1%) to $32.51 on light volume Thus far, 223,148 shares of Brookfield Asset Management exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 788,200 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $32.40-$32.99 after having opened the day at $32.91 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $32.87.

Brookfield Asset Management Inc. is a publicly owned asset management holding company. Through its subsidiaries the firm invests in the property, power, and infrastructure sectors. Brookfield Asset Management has a market cap of $20.7 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 16.6, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 20.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate Brookfield Asset Management a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Brookfield Asset Management as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, reasonable valuation levels and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Brookfield Asset Management Ratings Report now.

4. As of noon trading, Public Storage ( PSA) is down $1.63 (-1.1%) to $142.62 on average volume Thus far, 409,577 shares of Public Storage exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 656,400 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $142.59-$144.75 after having opened the day at $144.40 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $144.25.

Public Storage operates as a real estate investment trust (REIT). 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 $24.9 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 40.6, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 7.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Public Storage a buy, 3 analysts rate it a sell, and 11 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, impressive record of earnings per share growth, increase in net income, revenue growth and expanding profit margins. 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 Public Storage Ratings Report now.

3. As of noon trading, Host Hotels & Resorts ( HST) is down $0.18 (-1.3%) to $13.69 on average volume Thus far, 5.1 million shares of Host Hotels & Resorts exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $13.61-$13.93 after having opened the day at $13.91 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $13.87.

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 $10.1 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 466.7, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 6.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate Host Hotels & Resorts a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 12 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Host Hotels & Resorts as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth and notable return on equity. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, poor profit margins and weak operating cash flow. Get the full Host Hotels & Resorts Ratings Report now.

2. As of noon trading, Weyerhaeuser ( WY) is down $0.16 (-0.6%) to $24.83 on average volume Thus far, 2.7 million shares of Weyerhaeuser exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $24.74-$25.26 after having opened the day at $24.97 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $24.99.

Weyerhaeuser Company, a forest products company, grows and harvests trees, builds homes, and manufactures forest products worldwide. It grows and harvests trees for use as lumber, other wood and building products, and pulp and paper. Weyerhaeuser has a market cap of $13.7 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 44.4, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 35.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Weyerhaeuser a buy, 5 analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Weyerhaeuser as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance and revenue growth. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat weak growth in earnings per share. Get the full Weyerhaeuser Ratings Report now.

1. As of noon trading, Simon Property Group ( SPG) is down $0.79 (-0.5%) to $145.94 on average volume Thus far, 581,213 shares of Simon Property Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $145.21-$146.70 after having opened the day at $146.00 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $146.73.

Simon Property Group, Inc. is an independent equity real estate investment trust. It engages in investment, ownership, and management of properties. The firm invests in the real estate markets across the globe. Simon Property Group has a market cap of $45.8 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 29.9, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 13.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 12 analysts that rate Simon Property Group a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

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

If you are interested in one of these 5 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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