5 Stocks Pushing The Real Estate Industry Lower

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 22 points (0.2%) at 12,810 as of Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012, 11:49 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,635 issues advancing vs. 1,204 declining with 167 unchanged.

The Real Estate industry currently is unchanged today versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.0%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Health Care REIT ( HCN), down 1.1%, Host Hotels & Resorts ( HST), down 1.0%, HCP ( HCP), down 1.0%, Realty Income Corporation ( O), down 0.7% and Equity Residential ( EQR), down 0.8%. A company within the industry that increased today was Brookfield Asset Management ( BAM), up 0.7%.

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

5. UDR ( UDR) is one of the companies pushing the Real Estate industry lower today. As of noon trading, UDR is down $0.15 (-0.7%) to $22.67 on light volume Thus far, 353,100 shares of UDR exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $22.59-$22.85 after having opened the day at $22.80 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $22.82.

UDR, Inc. is an independent real estate investment trust. The firm invests in the real estate markets of the United States. It owns, operates, acquires, renovates, develops, redevelops, and manages multifamily apartment communities. UDR has a market cap of $5.7 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of -84.6, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 9.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate UDR a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 12 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates UDR as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its poor profit margins and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself. Get the full UDR Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, Nationstar Mortgage Holdings ( NSM) is down $0.73 (-2.6%) to $27.29 on light volume Thus far, 246,509 shares of Nationstar Mortgage Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $27.18-$28.15 after having opened the day at $28.03 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $28.02.

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 $2.6 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 Tuesday. Currently there are 4 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.

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3. As of noon trading, CIT Group ( CIT) is down $0.35 (-0.9%) to $36.45 on light volume Thus far, 224,711 shares of CIT Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $36.38-$37.01 after having opened the day at $36.84 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $36.80.

CIT Group Inc. operates as the holding company for CIT bank that provides commercial financing, leasing products, and other services to small and middle market businesses. CIT Group has a market cap of $7.4 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of -9.6, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 6.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate CIT Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates CIT Group as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its feeble growth in its earnings per share, deteriorating net income and disappointing return on equity. Get the full CIT Group Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Boston Properties ( BXP) is down $0.54 (-0.5%) to $101.71 on light volume Thus far, 149,811 shares of Boston Properties exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 783,200 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $101.22-$102.73 after having opened the day at $102.27 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $102.25.

Boston Properties, Inc., a real estate investment trust (REIT), together with its subsidiaries, engages in the ownership and development of office properties. Boston Properties has a market cap of $15.4 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 52.2, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 2.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate Boston Properties a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Boston Properties as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, increase in stock price during the past year, 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 Boston Properties Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Ventas ( VTR) is down $0.38 (-0.6%) to $64.33 on light volume Thus far, 262,023 shares of Ventas exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $64.14-$64.96 after having opened the day at $64.85 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $64.71.

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 $19.1 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 43.9, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 17.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Ventas a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Ventas as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income 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 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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