4 Stocks Dragging In The Real Estate Industry

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Two out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 40 points (-0.3%) at 14,679 as of Wednesday, April 24, 2013, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,751 issues advancing vs. 1,159 declining with 143 unchanged.

The Real Estate industry currently is unchanged today versus the S&P 500, which is unchanged. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Digital Realty ( DLR), down 0.86, and Realty Income Corporation ( O), down 0.53. Top gainers within the industry include Icahn ( IEP), up 2.7%, Prologis ( PLD), up 2.2%, Plum Creek Timber ( PCL), up 0.8%, General Growth Properties ( GGP), up 0.7% and AvalonBay Communities ( AVB), up 0.5%.

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

4. Sabra Health Care REIT ( SBRA) is one of the companies pushing the Real Estate industry lower today. As of noon trading, Sabra Health Care REIT is down $1.35 (-4.4%) to $29.35 on average volume Thus far, 171,503 shares of Sabra Health Care REIT exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 241,600 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $29.34-$30.20 after having opened the day at $29.86 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $30.70.

Sabra Health Care REIT, Inc. operates as a real estate investment trust in the United States. The company, through its subsidiaries, owns and invests in real estate properties for the healthcare industry. Sabra Health Care REIT has a market cap of $1.1 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 58.2, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 41.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Sabra Health Care REIT 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 Sabra Health Care REIT Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Hatteras Financial Corporation ( HTS) is down $0.55 (-2.0%) to $27.07 on heavy volume Thus far, 682,470 shares of Hatteras Financial Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 730,400 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $26.94-$27.56 after having opened the day at $27.49 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $27.62.

Hatteras Financial Corp. operates as an externally-managed mortgage real estate investment trust (REIT) in the United States. Hatteras Financial Corporation has a market cap of $2.7 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 7.5, below 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 Tuesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Hatteras Financial Corporation as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, attractive valuation levels and compelling growth in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, disappointing return on equity and feeble growth in the company's earnings per share. Get the full Hatteras Financial Corporation Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Host Hotels & Resorts ( HST) is down $0.13 (-0.7%) to $17.88 on light volume Thus far, 1.7 million shares of Host Hotels & Resorts exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 8.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $17.86-$18.09 after having opened the day at $18.03 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $18.01.

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 $13.1 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 1767.0, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 14.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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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1. As of noon trading, American Tower ( AMT) is down $0.77 (-0.9%) to $81.13 on light volume Thus far, 805,460 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 $80.85-$82.06 after having opened the day at $82.00 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $81.90.

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 $32.1 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 50.6, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 6.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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 4 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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