5 Stocks Pushing The Real Estate Industry Lower

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One out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 57 points (-0.4%) at 13,961 as of Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013, 11:45 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,624 issues advancing vs. 1,238 declining with 155 unchanged.

The Real Estate industry currently sits up 0.3% versus the S&P 500, which is unchanged. Top gainers within the industry include Brookfield Residential Properties ( BRP), up 6.8%, Icahn ( IEP), up 2.2%, CBRE Group ( CBG), up 1.0%, Brookfield Office Properties ( BPO), up 0.8% and Weyerhaeuser ( WY), up 0.6%.

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

5. Tanger Factory Outlet Centers ( SKT) is one of the companies pushing the Real Estate industry lower today. As of noon trading, Tanger Factory Outlet Centers is down $0.62 (-1.7%) to $35.85 on heavy volume Thus far, 931,060 shares of Tanger Factory Outlet Centers exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 620,900 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $35.41-$36.39 after having opened the day at $36.29 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $36.47.

Tanger Factory Outlet Centers, Inc. operates as a real estate investment trust (REIT). The company, through its subsidiary, Tanger Properties Limited Partnership, engages in acquiring, developing, owning, operating, and managing factory outlet shopping centers. Tanger Factory Outlet Centers has a market cap of $3.4 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 69.3, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 5.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Tanger Factory Outlet Centers a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Tanger Factory Outlet Centers as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its growth in earnings per share, increase in net income, revenue growth, good cash flow from operations and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Tanger Factory Outlet Centers Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, DDR ( DDR) is down $0.24 (-1.4%) to $16.70 on heavy volume Thus far, 2.3 million shares of DDR exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $16.61-$17.03 after having opened the day at $17.00 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $16.94.

DDR Corp. operates as a real estate investment trust (REIT) in the United States. The company engages in acquiring, developing, redeveloping, owning, leasing, and managing shopping centers, mini-malls, and lifestyle centers. DDR has a market cap of $5.3 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 8.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate DDR a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates DDR as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance and impressive record of earnings per share growth. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company's profit margins have been poor overall. Get the full DDR Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, General Growth Properties ( GGP) is down $0.15 (-0.7%) to $20.00 on average volume Thus far, 2.2 million shares of General Growth Properties exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $20.00-$20.27 after having opened the day at $20.13 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $20.15.

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 $18.9 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 1.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate General Growth Properties a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 5 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 solid stock price performance, increase in net income and revenue growth. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company's return on equity has been disappointing. Get the full General Growth Properties Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Public Storage ( PSA) is down $1.11 (-0.7%) to $156.02 on light volume Thus far, 126,536 shares of Public Storage exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 674,300 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $155.97-$157.33 after having opened the day at $157.22 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $157.13.

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 $26.9 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 8.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate Public Storage a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 10 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 increase in stock price during the past year, impressive record of earnings per share growth, increase in net income, revenue growth and expanding profit margins. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. Get the full Public Storage Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, American Tower ( AMT) is down $1.23 (-1.6%) to $74.36 on heavy volume Thus far, 1.6 million shares of American Tower exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $74.18-$75.70 after having opened the day at $75.64 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $75.59.

American Tower Corporation, a real estate investment trust, operates as a wireless and broadcast communications infrastructure company. It develops, owns, and operates communications sites. American Tower has a market cap of $30.2 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 43.2, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 1.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 14 analysts that rate American Tower a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates American Tower 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, compelling growth in net income, revenue growth and notable return on equity. 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 American Tower 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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