5 Stocks Underperforming Today In The Real Estate Industry

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One out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 23 points (-0.2%) at 15,060 as of Friday, May 10, 2013, 12:49 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,550 issues advancing vs. 1,371 declining with 121 unchanged.

The Real Estate industry currently sits up 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is unchanged. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Franklin Street Properties Corporation ( FSP), down 3.37, Brookfield Residential Properties ( BRP), down 1.46, American Capital Agency ( AGNC), down 1.81, American Tower ( AMT), down 0.63 and Brookfield Office Properties ( BPO), down 0.53. Top gainers within the industry include Nationstar Mortgage Holdings ( NSM), up 2.2%, Apartment Investment & Management ( AIV), up 1.3%, Kimco Realty ( KIM), up 0.8%, American Campus Communities ( ACC), up 0.9% and Host Hotels & Resorts ( HST), up 0.6%.

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

5. MFA Financial ( MFA) is one of the companies pushing the Real Estate industry lower today. As of noon trading, MFA Financial is down $0.16 (-1.8%) to $9.18 on average volume Thus far, 2.1 million shares of MFA Financial exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $9.17-$9.39 after having opened the day at $9.36 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $9.35.

MFA Financial, Inc., a real estate investment trust (REIT), invests in residential agency and non-agency mortgage-backed securities (MBS). MFA Financial has a market cap of $3.4 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 11.7, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 15.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

TheStreet Ratings rates MFA Financial as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its attractive valuation levels, expanding profit margins and solid stock price performance. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and feeble growth in the company's earnings per share. Get the full MFA Financial Ratings Report now.

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