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 115 points (-0.8%) at 13,894 as of Monday, Feb. 4, 2013, 11:49 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 654 issues advancing vs. 2,230 declining with 132 unchanged.

The Real Estate industry currently sits down 0.3% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.9%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Homex Development ( HXM), down 6.6%, Alexander's ( ALX), down 2.9%, PennyMac Mortgage Investment ( PMT), down 2.5%, Altisource Portfolio Solutions ( ASPS), down 2.3% and Brookfield Residential Properties ( BRP), down 2.7%. A company within the industry that increased today was Nationstar Mortgage Holdings ( NSM), up 1.2%.

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

5. Brookfield Office Properties ( BPO) is one of the companies pushing the Real Estate industry lower today. As of noon trading, Brookfield Office Properties is down $0.41 (-2.3%) to $17.08 on average volume Thus far, 1.5 million shares of Brookfield Office Properties exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $17.06-$17.43 after having opened the day at $17.41 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $17.49.

Brookfield Properties Corporation is a publicly owned real estate investment firm. The firm engages in the ownership, development, and management of premier commercial properties. It also provides ancillary real estate service businesses, such as tenant service and amenities. Brookfield Office Properties has a market cap of $8.3 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 7.2, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 3.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate Brookfield Office Properties a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Brookfield Office Properties as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, expanding profit margins and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, weak operating cash flow and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself. Get the full Brookfield Office Properties Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, CBRE Group ( CBG) is down $0.19 (-0.9%) to $21.68 on light volume Thus far, 602,135 shares of CBRE Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $21.61-$21.89 after having opened the day at $21.70 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $21.87.

CBRE Group, Inc. operates as a commercial real estate services company worldwide. CBRE Group has a market cap of $7.1 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 32.2, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 8.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate CBRE Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates CBRE Group as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance 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 CBRE Group Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Vornado Realty ( VNO) is down $0.68 (-0.8%) to $84.72 on average volume Thus far, 447,390 shares of Vornado Realty exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 913,200 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $84.72-$85.43 after having opened the day at $84.87 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $85.40.

Vornado Realty Trust is a privately owned real estate investment trust. The trust engages in investment, ownership, and management of commercial real estate. It invests in the real estate markets of United States. The trust primarily invests in office, industrial and retail properties. Vornado Realty has a market cap of $15.7 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 37.5, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 5.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate Vornado Realty a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Vornado Realty as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, revenue growth, reasonable valuation levels, growth in earnings per share 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 Vornado Realty Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, General Growth Properties ( GGP) is down $0.19 (-0.9%) to $19.79 on light volume Thus far, 1.1 million shares of General Growth Properties exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $19.79-$20.05 after having opened the day at $19.83 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $19.98.

General Growth Properties, Inc. operates as a real estate investment trust in the United States. It operates in two segments, Retail and Other, and Master Planned Communities. General Growth Properties has a market cap of $18.3 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 1.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate General Growth Properties a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates General Growth Properties as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, good cash flow from operations and solid stock price performance. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including unimpressive growth in net income, disappointing return on equity and poor profit margins. Get the full General Growth Properties Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Host Hotels & Resorts ( HST) is down $0.18 (-1.1%) to $16.51 on average volume Thus far, 2.7 million shares of Host Hotels & Resorts exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $16.48-$16.67 after having opened the day at $16.55 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $16.69.

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 $12.2 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 559.7, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 7.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate Host Hotels & Resorts a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 9 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 weak operating cash flow, poor profit margins and relatively poor performance when compared with the S&P 500 during the past year. Get the full Host Hotels & Resorts 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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