3 Real Estate Stocks Dragging The Industry Down

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 91 points (0.6%) at 15,561 as of Thursday, July 18, 2013, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 2,136 issues advancing vs. 784 declining with 110 unchanged.

The Real Estate industry currently sits up 0.5% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.5%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Gazit-Globe ( GZT), down 2.5%, Brookfield Residential Properties ( BRP), down 1.6%, Annaly Capital Management ( NLY), down 1.1% and American Capital Agency ( AGNC), down 0.9%. Top gainers within the industry include LaSalle Hotel Properties ( LHO), up 5.4%, Corporate Office Properties ( OFC), up 3.5%, Nationstar Mortgage Holdings ( NSM), up 2.8%, Taubman Centers ( TCO), up 1.4% and Duke Realty ( DRE), up 1.4%.

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

3. CYS Investments ( CYS) is one of the companies pushing the Real Estate industry lower today. As of noon trading, CYS Investments is down $0.34 (-3.8%) to $8.56 on heavy volume. Thus far, 2.8 million shares of CYS Investments exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $8.51-$8.93 after having opened the day at $8.90 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $8.89.

No company description available. CYS Investments has a market cap of $1.5 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 24.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate CYS Investments a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates CYS Investments as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, reasonable valuation levels and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including feeble growth in the company's earnings per share, deteriorating net income and disappointing return on equity. Get the full CYS Investments Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, MFA Financial ( MFA) is down $0.10 (-1.2%) to $8.01 on average volume. Thus far, 1.5 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 $8.00-$8.15 after having opened the day at $8.13 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $8.11.

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 $2.9 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 0.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate MFA Financial a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

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 increase in stock price during the past year. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and weak operating cash flow. Get the full MFA Financial Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, HCP ( HCP) is down $0.63 (-1.3%) to $46.65 on light volume. Thus far, 963,734 shares of HCP exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $46.52-$47.45 after having opened the day at $47.24 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $47.28.

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 $21.0 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 4.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. 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.

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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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