5 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 50 points (0.3%) at 14,379 as of Friday, March 8, 2013, 12:05 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,811 issues advancing vs. 1,063 declining with 140 unchanged.

The Real Estate industry currently sits up 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.3%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Realty Income Corporation ( O), down 1.2%, Federal Realty Investment ( FRT), down 0.7%, General Growth Properties ( GGP), down 0.5% and Public Storage ( PSA), down 0.5%. A company within the industry that increased today was Brookfield Office Properties ( BPO), up 0.5%.

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

5. Brookfield Asset Management ( BAM) is one of the companies pushing the Real Estate industry lower today. As of noon trading, Brookfield Asset Management is down $0.35 (-0.9%) to $38.27 on light volume Thus far, 401,482 shares of Brookfield Asset Management exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $38.27-$38.90 after having opened the day at $38.83 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $38.62.

Brookfield Asset Management Inc. is a publicly owned asset management holding company. Through its subsidiaries the firm invests in the property, power, and infrastructure sectors. Brookfield Asset Management has a market cap of $23.9 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 18.6, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 5.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate Brookfield Asset Management a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Brookfield Asset Management as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, reasonable valuation levels and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat weak growth in earnings per share. Get the full Brookfield Asset Management Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, Boston Properties ( BXP) is down $0.80 (-0.8%) to $103.03 on light volume Thus far, 258,011 shares of Boston Properties exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 857,700 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $102.79-$104.42 after having opened the day at $104.42 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $103.83.

Boston Properties, Inc., a real estate investment trust (REIT), together with its subsidiaries, engages in the ownership and development of office properties. Boston Properties has a market cap of $15.9 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 61.7, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 1.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate Boston Properties a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Boston Properties as a buy. Among the primary strengths of the company is its expanding profit margins over time. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Boston Properties Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Ventas ( VTR) is down $0.45 (-0.6%) to $70.39 on average volume Thus far, 634,234 shares of Ventas exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $69.81-$71.00 after having opened the day at $71.00 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $70.84.

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 $20.7 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 68.2, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 9.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. 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 and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Ventas Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Simon Property Group ( SPG) is down $0.73 (-0.5%) to $159.35 on average volume Thus far, 460,041 shares of Simon Property Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $158.02-$160.34 after having opened the day at $160.33 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $160.08.

Simon Property Group, Inc. is an independent equity real estate investment trust. It engages in investment, ownership, and management of properties. The firm invests in the real estate markets across the globe. Simon Property Group has a market cap of $50.8 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 34.3, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 1.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 14 analysts that rate Simon Property Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Simon Property Group as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Simon Property Group Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, American Tower ( AMT) is down $0.59 (-0.8%) to $76.97 on light volume Thus far, 537,156 shares of American Tower exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $76.97-$78.07 after having opened the day at $77.75 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $77.56.

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 $30.6 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 48.4, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 0.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 14 analysts that rate American Tower a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 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 robust revenue growth, notable return on equity, expanding profit margins and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. 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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