5 Real Estate Stocks Dragging The Industry Down

Two out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 44 points (-0.3%) at 15,417 as of Friday, July 12, 2013, 12:50 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,253 issues advancing vs. 1,644 declining with 132 unchanged.

The Real Estate industry currently sits down 0.3% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.1%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include American Capital Agency ( AGNC), down 3.5%, Health Care REIT ( HCN), down 2.2%, Annaly Capital Management ( NLY), down 2.2%, Prologis ( PLD), down 1.5% and Boston Properties ( BXP), down 1.2%. A company within the industry that increased today was Brookfield Residential Properties ( BRP), up 2.1%.

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

5. Digital Realty ( DLR) is one of the companies pushing the Real Estate industry lower today. As of noon trading, Digital Realty is down $1.24 (-1.9%) to $63.34 on average volume. Thus far, 673,291 shares of Digital Realty exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $63.04-$64.39 after having opened the day at $64.32 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $64.58.

Digital Realty Trust, Inc., a real estate investment trust (REIT), through its controlling interest in Digital Realty Trust, L.P., engages in the ownership, acquisition, development, redevelopment, and management of technology-related real estate. Digital Realty has a market cap of $7.9 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 9.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate Digital Realty a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

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

STOCKS TO BUY: TheStreet Quant Ratings has identified a handful of stocks that can potentially TRIPLE in the next 12-months. Learn more.

4. As of noon trading, Host Hotels & Resorts ( HST) is down $0.13 (-0.7%) to $18.01 on light volume. Thus far, 1.8 million shares of Host Hotels & Resorts exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $17.93-$18.18 after having opened the day at $18.16 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $18.14.

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 $13.2 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 13.5% 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 9 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, growth in earnings per share, compelling growth in net income, good cash flow from operations and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Host Hotels & Resorts Ratings Report now.

STOCKS TO BUY: TheStreet Quant Ratings has identified a handful of stocks that can potentially TRIPLE in the next 12-months. Learn more.

3. As of noon trading, Ventas ( VTR) is down $1.08 (-1.5%) to $70.16 on light volume. Thus far, 491,260 shares of Ventas exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $70.03-$71.39 after having opened the day at $71.25 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $71.25.

Ventas, Inc. is a publicly owned real estate investment trust. The firm engages in investment, management, financing, and leasing of properties in the healthcare industry. It invests in the real estate markets of the United States and Canada. Ventas has a market cap of $20.1 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 6.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Ventas a buy, 3 analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Ventas as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, increase in net income, increase in stock price during the past year, growth in earnings per share and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Ventas Ratings Report now.

STOCKS TO BUY: TheStreet Quant Ratings has identified a handful of stocks that can potentially TRIPLE in the next 12-months. Learn more.

2. As of noon trading, Equity Residential ( EQR) is down $0.43 (-0.7%) to $58.65 on light volume. Thus far, 488,494 shares of Equity Residential exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $58.41-$59.27 after having opened the day at $59.10 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $59.08.

Equity Residential, a real estate investment trust (REIT), engages in the acquisition, development, and management of multifamily properties in the United States. Equity Residential has a market cap of $20.9 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 2.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate Equity Residential a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 12 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Equity Residential as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, compelling growth in net income and notable return on equity. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, weak operating cash flow and poor profit margins. Get the full Equity Residential Ratings Report now.

STOCKS TO BUY: TheStreet Quant Ratings has identified a handful of stocks that can potentially TRIPLE in the next 12-months. Learn more.

1. As of noon trading, HCP ( HCP) is down $0.39 (-0.8%) to $46.16 on light volume. Thus far, 705,878 shares of HCP exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $45.99-$46.66 after having opened the day at $46.42 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $46.55.

HCP, Inc. is an independent hybrid real estate investment trust. The fund invests in real estate markets of the United States. HCP has a market cap of $20.5 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 0.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate HCP a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates HCP as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. Get the full HCP Ratings Report now.

STOCKS TO BUY: TheStreet Quant Ratings has identified a handful of stocks that can potentially TRIPLE in the next 12-months. Learn more.

If you are interested in one of these 3 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).

null

More from Markets

Stocks Search for Direction as Trump Comments Lead to Worries Over China Talks

Stocks Search for Direction as Trump Comments Lead to Worries Over China Talks

Owner of Moviepass Sees Stock Plummet

Owner of Moviepass Sees Stock Plummet

3 Must Reads on the Market From TheStreet's Top Columnists

3 Must Reads on the Market From TheStreet's Top Columnists

General Electric's Stock Gets Routed as CEO Flannery Flubs Presentation

General Electric's Stock Gets Routed as CEO Flannery Flubs Presentation

Italy's President Gives Mandate For Anti-European Government in Rome

Italy's President Gives Mandate For Anti-European Government in Rome