3 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 45 points (0.3%) at 14,027 as of Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013, 12:05 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,918 issues advancing vs. 965 declining with 159 unchanged.

The Real Estate industry currently sits up 0.6% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.5%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Icahn ( IEP), down 7.9%, and American Tower ( AMT), down 1.0%.

TheStreet Ratings group would like to highlight 3 stocks pushing the industry lower today:

3. Chimera Investment Corporation ( CIM) is one of the companies pushing the Real Estate industry lower today. As of noon trading, Chimera Investment Corporation is down $0.07 (-2.3%) to $2.99 on heavy volume Thus far, 16.3 million shares of Chimera Investment Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 11.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $2.95-$3.04 after having opened the day at $3.02 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $3.06.

Chimera Investment Corporation operates as a real estate investment trust (REIT) in the United States. Chimera Investment Corporation has a market cap of $3.1 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 5.5, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 17.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are no analysts that rate Chimera Investment Corporation a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Chimera Investment Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, attractive valuation levels, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Chimera Investment Corporation Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Senior Housing Properties ( SNH) is down $0.57 (-2.3%) to $24.61 on heavy volume Thus far, 1.5 million shares of Senior Housing Properties exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $24.58-$25.06 after having opened the day at $24.99 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $25.18.

Senior Housing Properties Trust, a real estate investment trust (REIT), primarily invests in senior housing properties in the United States. The trust invests in hospitals, nursing homes, senior apartments, independent living properties, and assisted living properties. Senior Housing Properties has a market cap of $4.4 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 31.5, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 6.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates Senior Housing Properties a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Senior Housing Properties 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, increase in stock price during the past year and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Senior Housing Properties Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Ventas ( VTR) is down $0.93 (-1.3%) to $68.54 on average volume Thus far, 588,470 shares of Ventas exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $68.54-$69.81 after having opened the day at $69.61 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $69.47.

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 $20.5 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 66.8, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 7.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Ventas a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 8 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, increase in net income, growth in earnings per share 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 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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