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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