5 Stocks Underperforming Today In The Real Estate Industry

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 68 points (-0.5%) at 14,443 as of Monday, March 25, 2013, 12:50 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,111 issues advancing vs. 1,777 declining with 156 unchanged.

The Real Estate industry currently sits up 0.4% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.3%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include American Capital Agency ( AGNC), down 1.2%, and Newcastle Investment Corporation ( NCT), down 1.0%.

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

5. Altisource Portfolio Solutions ( ASPS) is one of the companies pushing the Real Estate industry lower today. As of noon trading, Altisource Portfolio Solutions is down $1.58 (-2.3%) to $68.30 on average volume Thus far, 102,307 shares of Altisource Portfolio Solutions exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 216,800 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $68.01-$70.41 after having opened the day at $70.15 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $69.88.

Altisource Portfolio Solutions S.A., together with its subsidiaries, provides services related to real estate and mortgage portfolio management, asset recovery, and customer relationship management in the United States. Altisource Portfolio Solutions has a market cap of $1.7 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 16.1, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 18.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates Altisource Portfolio Solutions a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Altisource Portfolio Solutions as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in stock price during the past year, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, revenue growth and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Altisource Portfolio Solutions Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, LaSalle Hotel Properties ( LHO) is down $0.37 (-1.5%) to $24.57 on light volume Thus far, 275,916 shares of LaSalle Hotel Properties exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 859,700 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $24.57-$25.11 after having opened the day at $25.01 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $24.94.

LaSalle Hotel Properties, a real estate investment trust (REIT), engages in the purchase, ownership, redevelopment, and leasing of primarily upscale and luxury full-service hotels in convention, resort, and urban business markets in the United States. LaSalle Hotel Properties has a market cap of $2.4 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 48.8, 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 Friday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate LaSalle Hotel Properties a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates LaSalle Hotel Properties as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, compelling growth in net income, reasonable valuation levels, good cash flow from operations and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full LaSalle Hotel Properties Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Realty Income Corporation ( O) is down $0.23 (-0.5%) to $44.23 on light volume Thus far, 490,902 shares of Realty Income Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $44.20-$44.69 after having opened the day at $44.42 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $44.46.

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 $7.9 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 51.3, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 9.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 4 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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2. As of noon trading, Annaly Capital Management ( NLY) is down $0.19 (-1.2%) to $15.94 on average volume Thus far, 5.8 million shares of Annaly Capital Management exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 9.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $15.94-$16.18 after having opened the day at $16.16 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $16.13.

Annaly Capital Management, Inc. owns, manages, and finances a portfolio of real estate related investments in United States. Annaly Capital Management has a market cap of $14.8 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 9.1, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 12.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Annaly Capital Management a buy, 3 analysts rate it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Annaly Capital Management as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its compelling growth in net income, attractive valuation levels, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations 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 Annaly Capital Management Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, American Tower ( AMT) is down $0.38 (-0.5%) to $76.35 on light volume Thus far, 656,764 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 $76.21-$77.08 after having opened the day at $76.89 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $76.73.

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 $29.8 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 47.1, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 1.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. 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 3 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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