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 98 points (-0.7%) at 14,507 as of Friday, April 5, 2013, 12:49 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,009 issues advancing vs. 1,921 declining with 109 unchanged.

The Real Estate industry currently is unchanged today versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.9%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Duke Realty ( DRE), down 1.9%, Jones Lang LaSalle ( JLL), down 1.8%, American Tower ( AMT), down 1.5%, Plum Creek Timber ( PCL), down 1.4% and Brookfield Office Properties ( BPO), down 1.3%. A company within the industry that increased today was Icahn ( IEP), up 1.6%.

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

5. CommonWealth REIT ( CWH) is one of the companies pushing the Real Estate industry lower today. As of noon trading, CommonWealth REIT is down $0.93 (-4.0%) to $22.07 on heavy volume Thus far, 3.7 million shares of CommonWealth REIT exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $22.07-$22.70 after having opened the day at $22.59 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $23.00.

CommonWealth REIT is a real estate investment trust launched and managed by Reit Management & Research LLC. The fund invests in the real estate markets of the United States. It seeks to invest in office buildings, industrial buildings, and leased industrial land. CommonWealth REIT has a market cap of $2.7 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 64.2, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 45.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are no analysts that rate CommonWealth REIT a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

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

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4. As of noon trading, Vornado Realty ( VNO) is down $0.65 (-0.8%) to $86.57 on light volume Thus far, 291,715 shares of Vornado Realty exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $85.84-$86.99 after having opened the day at $86.35 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $87.22.

Vornado Realty Trust is a privately owned real estate investment trust. The trust engages in investment, ownership, and management of commercial real estate. It invests in the real estate markets of United States. The trust primarily invests in office, industrial and retail properties. Vornado Realty has a market cap of $15.8 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 56.7, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 8.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Vornado Realty a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Vornado Realty as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, reasonable valuation levels, good cash flow from operations and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. Get the full Vornado Realty Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Prologis ( PLD) is down $0.44 (-1.1%) to $39.22 on average volume Thus far, 1.5 million shares of Prologis exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $38.85-$39.42 after having opened the day at $39.06 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $39.66.

Prologis Inc. is an independent equity real estate investment trust. It invests in the real estate markets across the globe. The firm engages in the ownership, development, management, and leasing of industrial distribution and retail properties. Prologis has a market cap of $18.3 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 8.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate Prologis a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Prologis as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance and notable return on equity. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including unimpressive growth in net income and weak operating cash flow. Get the full Prologis Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Health Care REIT ( HCN) is down $0.80 (-1.1%) to $69.16 on average volume Thus far, 915,550 shares of Health Care REIT exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $69.03-$69.63 after having opened the day at $69.31 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $69.96.

Health Care REIT, Inc. is an independent equity real estate investment trust. The firm engages in acquiring, planning, developing, managing, repositioning and monetizing of real estate assets. It primarily invests in the real estate markets of the United States. Health Care REIT has a market cap of $18.0 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 70.3, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 14.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate Health Care REIT a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Health Care REIT as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, good cash flow from operations and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Health Care REIT Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Host Hotels & Resorts ( HST) is down $0.26 (-1.5%) to $17.33 on light volume Thus far, 1.9 million shares of Host Hotels & Resorts exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $17.15-$17.44 after having opened the day at $17.30 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $17.59.

Host Hotels & Resorts, Inc. is a publicly owned real estate investment trust (REIT). The firm primarily engages in the ownership and operation of hotel properties. It invests in the real estate markets of United States. Host Hotels & Resorts has a market cap of $12.5 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 1718.0, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 12.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate Host Hotels & Resorts a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Host Hotels & Resorts as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, good cash flow from operations, increase in stock price during the past year 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 Host Hotels & Resorts 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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