5 Stocks Pushing The Real Estate Industry Lower

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Two out of the three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 24 points (0.2%) at 14,421 as of Monday, March 11, 2013, 12:45 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,375 issues advancing vs. 1,531 declining with 142 unchanged.

The Real Estate industry currently sits up 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.1%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include National Retail Properties ( NNN), down 1.8%, Brookfield Asset Management ( BAM), down 1.7%, BRE Properties ( BRE), down 1.2% and Realty Income Corporation ( O), down 1.1%. Top gainers within the industry include Howard Hughes ( HHC), up 1.9%, Host Hotels & Resorts ( HST), up 1.4%, Plum Creek Timber ( PCL), up 0.8%, General Growth Properties ( GGP), up 0.6% and Icahn ( IEP), up 0.7%.

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

5. Camden Property ( CPT) is one of the companies pushing the Real Estate industry lower today. As of noon trading, Camden Property is down $0.61 (-0.9%) to $68.55 on light volume Thus far, 129,038 shares of Camden Property exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 516,500 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $68.53-$69.37 after having opened the day at $69.14 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $69.16.

Camden Property Trust is an independent real estate investment trust. The firm invests in the real estate markets of the United States. It is engaged in the ownership, development, acquisition, management, and disposition of multifamily residential apartment communities. Camden Property has a market cap of $5.9 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 37.0, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 1.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate Camden Property a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Camden Property as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, increase in stock price during the past year, compelling growth in net income, good cash flow from operations and impressive record of earnings per share growth. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. Get the full Camden Property Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, Extra Space Storage ( EXR) is down $0.52 (-1.3%) to $38.69 on light volume Thus far, 179,079 shares of Extra Space Storage exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 993,400 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $38.68-$39.16 after having opened the day at $39.16 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $39.21.

Extra Space Storage, Inc. operates as a real estate investment trust (REIT) in the United States. It engages in property management and development activities that include acquiring, managing, developing, and selling, as well as the rental of self-storage facilities. Extra Space Storage has a market cap of $4.3 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 34.2, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 7.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Extra Space Storage a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Extra Space Storage as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, solid stock price performance, compelling growth in net income, expanding profit margins and impressive record of earnings per share growth. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. Get the full Extra Space Storage Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, DDR ( DDR) is down $0.16 (-0.9%) to $17.56 on light volume Thus far, 546,742 shares of DDR exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $17.52-$17.68 after having opened the day at $17.65 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $17.71.

DDR Corp. operates as a real estate investment trust (REIT) in the United States. The company engages in acquiring, developing, redeveloping, owning, leasing, and managing shopping centers, mini-malls, and lifestyle centers. DDR has a market cap of $5.5 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 13.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate DDR a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates DDR as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance and impressive record of earnings per share growth. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income and poor profit margins. Get the full DDR Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Equity Residential ( EQR) is down $0.39 (-0.7%) to $54.54 on light volume Thus far, 441,031 shares of Equity Residential exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $54.54-$54.97 after having opened the day at $54.90 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $54.93.

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 $18.0 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 60.0, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 3.1% 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 hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, revenue growth and impressive record of earnings per share growth. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself and weak operating cash flow. Get the full Equity Residential Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, AvalonBay Communities ( AVB) is down $0.68 (-0.6%) to $123.40 on light volume Thus far, 287,054 shares of AvalonBay Communities exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $123.04-$124.29 after having opened the day at $124.03 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $124.08.

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 $14.3 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 46.2, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 8.5% 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, good cash flow from operations, 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 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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