4 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 0 points (0.0%) at 12,985 as of Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012, 11:50 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,816 issues advancing vs. 1,058 declining with 142 unchanged.

The Real Estate industry currently sits up 0.5% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.0%.

TheStreet Ratings group would like to highlight 4 stocks pushing the industry lower today:

4. Public Storage ( PSA) is one of the companies pushing the Real Estate industry lower today. As of noon trading, Public Storage is down $1.43 (-1.0%) to $140.90 on average volume Thus far, 283,227 shares of Public Storage exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 682,000 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $140.70-$143.74 after having opened the day at $143.60 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $142.33.

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 $24.5 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 40.0, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 6.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 3 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.

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3. As of noon trading, Ventas ( VTR) is down $0.77 (-1.2%) to $63.04 on average volume Thus far, 753,220 shares of Ventas exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $62.90-$64.04 after having opened the day at $64.04 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $63.81.

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 $18.9 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 43.6, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 16.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. 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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2. As of noon trading, HCP ( HCP) is down $0.52 (-1.2%) to $44.45 on light volume Thus far, 1.1 million shares of HCP exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $44.40-$45.12 after having opened the day at $45.10 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $44.97.

HCP, Inc. is an independent hybrid real estate investment trust. The fund invests in real estate markets of the United States. HCP has a market cap of $20.4 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 8.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate HCP a buy, 4 analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates HCP as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share, revenue growth, expanding profit margins and good cash flow from operations. 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 HCP Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Health Care REIT ( HCN) is down $0.43 (-0.7%) to $58.62 on light volume Thus far, 602,688 shares of Health Care REIT exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $58.48-$59.44 after having opened the day at $59.33 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $59.05.

Health Care REIT, Inc. is an independent equity real estate investment trust. The firm engages in acquiring, planning, developing, managing, repositioning and monetizing of real estate assets. It primarily invests in the real estate markets of the United States. Health Care REIT has a market cap of $15.4 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 63.8, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 8.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate Health Care REIT a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Health Care REIT as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, good cash flow from operations, increase in net income and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. Get the full Health Care REIT 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).

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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