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 24 points (-0.2%) at 13,886 as of Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013, 11:49 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,305 issues advancing vs. 1,515 declining with 144 unchanged.

The Real Estate industry currently sits up 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.3%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include American Tower ( AMT), down 1.5%, and General Growth Properties ( GGP), down 0.6%.

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 $0.48 (-2.0%) to $24.08 on heavy volume Thus far, 1.5 million shares of UDR exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $24.04-$24.52 after having opened the day at $24.52 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $24.56.

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 $6.2 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 4.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate UDR a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 13 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, Digital Realty ( DLR) is down $2.23 (-3.2%) to $67.87 on heavy volume Thus far, 1.6 million shares of Digital Realty exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $65.76-$69.69 after having opened the day at $69.47 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $70.10.

Digital Realty Trust, Inc., a real estate investment trust (REIT), through its controlling interest in Digital Realty Trust, L.P., engages in the ownership, acquisition, development, redevelopment, and management of technology-related real estate. Digital Realty has a market cap of $9.0 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 48.1, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 4.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate Digital Realty a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Digital Realty as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, reasonable valuation levels, good cash flow from operations, impressive record of earnings per share growth and compelling growth in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. Get the full Digital Realty Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Health Care REIT ( HCN) is down $0.41 (-0.6%) to $62.60 on light volume Thus far, 569,853 shares of Health Care REIT exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $62.30-$62.80 after having opened the day at $62.78 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $63.01.

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 $16.4 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 68.0, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 3.2% 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 9 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 increase in stock price during the past year. 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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2. As of noon trading, Equity Residential ( EQR) is down $1.00 (-1.8%) to $56.07 on average volume Thus far, 1.1 million shares of Equity Residential exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $56.00-$57.06 after having opened the day at $57.01 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $57.07.

Equity Residential, a real estate investment trust (REIT), engages in the acquisition, development, and management of multifamily properties in the United States. Equity Residential has a market cap of $17.6 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 86.2, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 1.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Equity Residential a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Equity Residential as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth, increase in net income, expanding profit margins and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. Get the full Equity Residential Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, AvalonBay Communities ( AVB) is down $5.27 (-3.9%) to $130.37 on heavy volume Thus far, 1.6 million shares of AvalonBay Communities exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $126.69-$135.25 after having opened the day at $133.96 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $135.64.

AvalonBay Communities, Inc. engages in the development, redevelopment, acquisition, ownership, and operation of multifamily communities in the United States. AvalonBay Communities has a market cap of $13.4 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 50.9, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 1.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate AvalonBay Communities a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates AvalonBay Communities as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, revenue growth, expanding profit margins and good cash flow from operations. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. Get the full AvalonBay Communities 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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