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 30 points (-0.2%) at 14,005 as of Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013, 12:04 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 991 issues advancing vs. 1,875 declining with 138 unchanged.

The Real Estate industry currently sits up 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.5%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Icahn ( IEP), down 4.9%, and Brookfield Asset Management ( BAM), down 1.4%. A company within the industry that increased today was Health Care REIT ( HCN), up 0.9%.

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 $0.13 (-0.8%) to $16.93 on light volume Thus far, 410,426 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 $16.91-$17.06 after having opened the day at $17.01 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $17.06.

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 $8.5 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 7.5, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 1.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate Brookfield Office Properties a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 5 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, increase in net income and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including feeble growth in the company's earnings per share, disappointing return on equity 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, Nationstar Mortgage Holdings ( NSM) is down $1.11 (-2.8%) to $38.83 on light volume Thus far, 279,194 shares of Nationstar Mortgage Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $38.61-$40.76 after having opened the day at $39.92 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $39.94.

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 $3.6 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 up 29.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate Nationstar Mortgage Holdings a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates 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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3. As of noon trading, CBRE Group ( CBG) is down $0.40 (-1.6%) to $24.10 on average volume Thus far, 1.6 million shares of CBRE Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $23.92-$24.47 after having opened the day at $24.44 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $24.50.

CBRE Group, Inc. operates as a commercial real estate services company worldwide. CBRE Group has a market cap of $8.0 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 19.9, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 22.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. 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, notable return on equity, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth and compelling growth in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full CBRE Group Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Host Hotels & Resorts ( HST) is down $0.22 (-1.3%) to $17.06 on average volume Thus far, 2.9 million shares of Host Hotels & Resorts exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $17.04-$17.19 after having opened the day at $17.07 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $17.28.

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 $12.4 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 572.3, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 9.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. 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, notable return on equity and increase in stock price during the past year. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including poor profit margins and weak operating cash flow. Get the full Host Hotels & Resorts Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, American Tower ( AMT) is down $0.37 (-0.5%) to $74.25 on light volume Thus far, 783,583 shares of American Tower exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $74.21-$74.74 after having opened the day at $74.53 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $74.62.

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 $29.7 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 42.5, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 2.7% 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 the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. Get the full American Tower Ratings Report now.

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If you are interested in one of these 5 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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