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 25 points (-0.2%) at 14,513 as of Friday, March 15, 2013, 12:49 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,309 issues advancing vs. 1,578 declining with 140 unchanged.

The Real Estate industry currently sits up 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.1%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Jones Lang LaSalle ( JLL), down 1.2%, and CBRE Group ( CBG), down 1.0%. Top gainers within the industry include W. P. Carey ( WPC), up 5.0%, Forest City ( FCE.A), up 3.4%, Colony Financial ( CLNY), up 3.1% and Camden Property ( CPT), up 0.7%.

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

5. Nationstar Mortgage Holdings ( NSM) is one of the companies pushing the Real Estate industry lower today. As of noon trading, Nationstar Mortgage Holdings is down $0.86 (-2.3%) to $36.74 on average volume Thus far, 602,284 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 $36.20-$37.42 after having opened the day at $37.41 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $37.60.

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 $3.5 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 18.3, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 21.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 4 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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4. As of noon trading, Realty Income Corporation ( O) is down $0.27 (-0.6%) to $44.49 on average volume Thus far, 743,572 shares of Realty Income Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $44.43-$44.82 after having opened the day at $44.77 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $44.76.

Realty Income Corporation engages in the acquisition and ownership of commercial retail real estate properties in the United States. The company leases its retail properties primarily to regional and national retail chain store operators. Realty Income Corporation has a market cap of $8.0 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 51.7, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 11.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate Realty Income Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Realty Income Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, solid stock price performance, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. Get the full Realty Income Corporation Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Boston Properties ( BXP) is down $0.93 (-0.9%) to $104.74 on average volume Thus far, 522,455 shares of Boston Properties exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 868,400 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $104.41-$105.40 after having opened the day at $105.25 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $105.67.

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 0.1% 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. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. 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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2. As of noon trading, Digital Realty ( DLR) is down $0.45 (-0.7%) to $67.85 on light volume Thus far, 470,728 shares of Digital Realty exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $67.72-$68.16 after having opened the day at $68.08 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $68.30.

Digital Realty Trust, Inc., a real estate investment trust (REIT), through its controlling interest in Digital Realty Trust, L.P., engages in the ownership, acquisition, development, redevelopment, and management of technology-related real estate. Digital Realty has a market cap of $8.5 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 45.9, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 0.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate Digital Realty a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Digital Realty as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, reasonable valuation levels, compelling growth in net income and growth in earnings per share. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. Get the full Digital Realty Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, American Tower ( AMT) is down $0.76 (-1.0%) to $75.65 on average volume Thus far, 1.4 million 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 $75.26-$76.13 after having opened the day at $75.80 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $76.41.

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 $30.1 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 47.6, above 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 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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