3 Stocks Pushing The Real Estate Industry Downward

All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 63 points (0.4%) at 15,199 as of Monday, July 8, 2013, 12:50 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,878 issues advancing vs. 1,083 declining with 93 unchanged.

The Real Estate industry currently sits up 0.5% versus the S&P 500, which is up 1.0%. Top gainers within the industry include Kimco Realty ( KIM), up 1.6%, Weingarten Realty Investors ( WRI), up 1.6%, Howard Hughes ( HHC), up 1.4%, DDR ( DDR), up 1.1% and Macerich Company ( MAC), up 1.4%.

TheStreet would like to highlight 3 stocks pushing the industry lower today:

3. Brookfield Residential Properties ( BRP) is one of the companies pushing the Real Estate industry lower today. As of noon trading, Brookfield Residential Properties is down $0.38 (-1.8%) to $20.76 on light volume. Thus far, 62,113 shares of Brookfield Residential Properties exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 256,600 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $20.61-$21.32 after having opened the day at $21.26 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $21.14.

Brookfield Residential Properties Inc. operates as a land developer and homebuilder in North America. The company operates in three segments: California, Canada, and Central and Eastern U.S. It offers master-planned communities and infill developments. Brookfield Residential Properties has a market cap of $2.6 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 17.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates Brookfield Residential Properties a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Brookfield Residential Properties as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and solid stock price performance. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including weak operating cash flow and poor profit margins. Get the full Brookfield Residential Properties Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Forest City ( FCE.A) is down $0.12 (-0.7%) to $17.78 on light volume. Thus far, 317,844 shares of Forest City exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $17.78-$18.05 after having opened the day at $17.93 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $17.90.

Forest City Enterprises, Inc. engages in the ownership, development, management, and acquisition of commercial and residential real estate and land in 26 states and the District of Columbia. Forest City has a market cap of $3.2 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 10.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Forest City as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its unimpressive growth in net income, generally high debt management risk, poor profit margins and weak operating cash flow. Get the full Forest City Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Altisource Portfolio Solutions ( ASPS) is down $1.18 (-1.2%) to $95.18 on light volume. Thus far, 8,675 shares of Altisource Portfolio Solutions exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 224,200 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $94.92-$96.54 after having opened the day at $96.26 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $96.36.

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 $2.2 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 11.2% 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 revenue growth, solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income 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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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).

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