4 Stocks Dragging In The Real Estate Industry

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 97 points (0.7%) at 14,670 as of Tuesday, April 2, 2013, 12:49 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,756 issues advancing vs. 1,114 declining with 151 unchanged.

The Real Estate industry currently sits up 0.4% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.6%. Top gainers within the industry include Liberty Property ( LRY), up 2.0%, DDR ( DDR), up 1.9%, Boston Properties ( BXP), up 1.6%, Weyerhaeuser ( WY), up 1.1% and Prologis ( PLD), up 0.9%.

TheStreet Ratings group would like to highlight 4 stocks pushing the industry lower today:

4. W. P. Carey ( WPC) is one of the companies pushing the Real Estate industry lower today. As of noon trading, W. P. Carey is down $0.54 (-0.8%) to $66.70 on average volume Thus far, 108,439 shares of W. P. Carey exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 261,800 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $66.64-$67.48 after having opened the day at $67.27 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $67.24.

W. P. Carey Inc. is an independent equity real estate investment trust. The firm also provides long-term sale-leaseback and build-to-suit financing for companies. It invests in the real estate markets across the globe. W. P. Carey has a market cap of $4.6 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 52.7, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 28.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates W. P. Carey a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates W. P. Carey as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, increase in net income, good cash flow from operations 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 W. P. Carey Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Walter Investment Management ( WAC) is down $1.06 (-3.0%) to $34.38 on average volume Thus far, 560,505 shares of Walter Investment Management exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 898,400 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $34.05-$35.57 after having opened the day at $35.48 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $35.44.

Walter Investment Management Corp., together with its subsidiaries, provides business services to the residential mortgage industry in the United States. Walter Investment Management has a market cap of $1.4 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 17.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Walter Investment Management a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Walter Investment Management as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its unimpressive growth in net income and weak operating cash flow. Get the full Walter Investment Management Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Nationstar Mortgage Holdings ( NSM) is down $0.54 (-1.5%) to $35.29 on light volume Thus far, 256,755 shares of Nationstar Mortgage Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $35.10-$36.00 after having opened the day at $35.82 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $35.83.

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 $3.3 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 15.4, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 15.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. 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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1. As of noon trading, American Capital Agency ( AGNC) is down $0.18 (-0.6%) to $32.64 on average volume Thus far, 2.4 million shares of American Capital Agency exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $32.58-$32.92 after having opened the day at $32.83 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $32.83.

American Capital Agency Corp. operates as a real estate investment trust (REIT). American Capital Agency has a market cap of $13.0 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 7.9, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 13.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate American Capital Agency a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates American Capital Agency as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, attractive valuation levels and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including disappointing return on equity and feeble growth in the company's earnings per share. Get the full American Capital Agency 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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