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 23 points (-0.2%) at 13,146 as of Friday, Dec. 14, 2012, 11:50 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,344 issues advancing vs. 1,517 declining with 152 unchanged.

The Real Estate industry currently sits down 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.3%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Altisource Portfolio Solutions ( ASPS), down 9.5%, Chimera Investment Corporation ( CIM), down 2.9%, LaSalle Hotel Properties ( LHO), down 1.9%, American Capital Agency ( AGNC), down 1.1% and Health Care REIT ( HCN), down 0.6%. A company within the industry that increased today was E-House China Holdings ( EJ), up 7.8%.

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

5. CBL & Associates Properties ( CBL) is one of the companies pushing the Real Estate industry lower today. As of noon trading, CBL & Associates Properties is down $0.27 (-1.2%) to $21.49 on average volume Thus far, 600,984 shares of CBL & Associates Properties exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $21.44-$21.83 after having opened the day at $21.71 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $21.76.

CBL & Associates Properties, Inc. is a public real estate investment trust. It engages in acquisition, development, and management of properties. The fund invests in the real estate markets of United States. Its portfolio consists of enclosed malls and open-air centers. CBL & Associates Properties has a market cap of $3.5 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 31.9, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 40.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate CBL & Associates Properties a buy, 3 analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates CBL & Associates Properties as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, compelling growth in net income and reasonable valuation levels. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including weak operating cash flow and poor profit margins. Get the full CBL & Associates Properties Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, Plum Creek Timber ( PCL) is down $0.32 (-0.8%) to $42.53 on light volume Thus far, 179,835 shares of Plum Creek Timber exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 902,900 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $42.45-$42.82 after having opened the day at $42.74 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $42.85.

Plum Creek Timber Company, Inc. is a publicly owned real estate investment trust (REIT). The trust owns and manages timberlands in the United States. Its products include lumber products, plywood, medium density fiberboard, and related by-products, such as wood chips. Plum Creek Timber has a market cap of $6.9 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 37.7, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 17.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate Plum Creek Timber a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Plum Creek Timber as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, reasonable valuation levels, solid stock price performance and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Plum Creek Timber Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Nationstar Mortgage Holdings ( NSM) is down $0.69 (-2.3%) to $29.51 on average volume Thus far, 701,853 shares of Nationstar Mortgage Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $28.77-$30.32 after having opened the day at $30.30 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $30.20.

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 $2.7 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 Thursday. 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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2. As of noon trading, ARMOUR Residential REIT ( ARR) is down $0.17 (-2.5%) to $6.56 on average volume Thus far, 5.1 million shares of ARMOUR Residential REIT exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $6.53-$6.74 after having opened the day at $6.73 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $6.73.

ARMOUR Residential REIT, Inc. is a real estate investment trust launched and managed by ARMOUR Residential Management LLC. It invests in the real estate markets of the United States. ARMOUR Residential REIT has a market cap of $2.1 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 6.7, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 4.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate ARMOUR Residential REIT a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates ARMOUR Residential REIT as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, compelling growth in net income and attractive valuation levels. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the stock has had a generally disappointing performance in the past year. Get the full ARMOUR Residential REIT Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Ventas ( VTR) is down $0.56 (-0.9%) to $62.98 on light volume Thus far, 486,713 shares of Ventas exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $62.93-$63.65 after having opened the day at $63.64 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $63.54.

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 $19.2 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 44.3, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 18.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. 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 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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