4 Stocks Pushing The Real Estate Industry Lower

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Two out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 57 points (-0.4%) at 13,942 as of Monday, Feb. 25, 2013, 12:05 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,301 issues advancing vs. 1,576 declining with 144 unchanged.

The Real Estate industry currently sits down 0.3% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.3%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Prologis ( PLD), down 1.2%, Vornado Realty ( VNO), down 0.9%, Camden Property ( CPT), down 0.8%, CBRE Group ( CBG), down 0.7% and Host Hotels & Resorts ( HST), down 0.4%.

TheStreet Ratings group would like to highlight 4 stocks pushing the industry lower today:

4. CommonWealth REIT ( CWH) is one of the companies pushing the Real Estate industry lower today. As of noon trading, CommonWealth REIT is down $1.75 (-9.7%) to $16.28 on heavy volume Thus far, 2.8 million shares of CommonWealth REIT exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 612,900 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $16.21-$17.36 after having opened the day at $17.36 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $18.03.

CommonWealth REIT is a real estate investment trust launched and managed by Reit Management & Research LLC. The fund invests in the real estate markets of the United States. It seeks to invest in office buildings, industrial buildings, and leased industrial land. CommonWealth REIT has a market cap of $1.5 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 135.9, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 11.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are no analysts that rate CommonWealth REIT a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates CommonWealth REIT 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 a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, deteriorating net income and poor profit margins. Get the full CommonWealth REIT Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Kimco Realty ( KIM) is down $0.16 (-0.7%) to $21.55 on light volume Thus far, 786,906 shares of Kimco Realty exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $21.52-$21.84 after having opened the day at $21.77 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $21.71.

Kimco Realty Corporation is an independent real estate investment trust. The firm invests in the real estate markets across North America. It is primarily engaged in acquisitions, development, and management of neighborhood and community shopping centers. Kimco Realty has a market cap of $8.7 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 79.1, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 10.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate Kimco Realty a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Kimco Realty as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its compelling growth in net income, revenue growth, expanding profit margins, solid stock price performance 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 Kimco Realty Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Equity Residential ( EQR) is down $0.60 (-1.0%) to $56.61 on light volume Thus far, 430,073 shares of Equity Residential exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $56.58-$57.41 after having opened the day at $57.39 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $57.21.

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 $17.3 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 62.1, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 0.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate Equity Residential a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 10 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 increase in net income, revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth, expanding profit margins and notable return on equity. 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 $0.92 (-0.7%) to $127.91 on light volume Thus far, 177,607 shares of AvalonBay Communities exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $127.87-$129.32 after having opened the day at $129.25 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $128.83.

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 $12.5 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 29.6, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 5.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate AvalonBay Communities a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 8 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 revenue growth, expanding profit margins, impressive record of earnings per share growth 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 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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