5 Real Estate Stocks Dragging The Industry Down

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Two out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 26 points (0.2%) at 15,572 as of Tuesday, July 23, 2013, 12:50 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,636 issues advancing vs. 1,285 declining with 117 unchanged.

The Real Estate industry currently sits down 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.1%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Howard Hughes ( HHC), down 1.4%, CoStar Group ( CSGP), down 1.2%, Realty Income Corporation ( O), down 0.7% and Public Storage ( PSA), down 0.5%. Top gainers within the industry include Federal Realty Investment ( FRT), up 1.1%, Liberty Property ( LRY), up 0.8% and American Tower ( AMT), up 0.7%.

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

5. Essex Property ( ESS) is one of the companies pushing the Real Estate industry lower today. As of noon trading, Essex Property is down $1.37 (-0.8%) to $168.23 on average volume. Thus far, 144,941 shares of Essex Property exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 266,300 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $167.58-$170.22 after having opened the day at $169.51 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $169.60.

Essex Property Trust, Inc. operates as a self-administered and self-managed real estate investment trust in the United States. It engages in the ownership, operation, management, acquisition, development, and redevelopment of apartment communities, as well as commercial properties. Essex Property has a market cap of $6.4 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 15.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 13 analysts that rate Essex Property a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Essex Property as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, increase in net income, good cash flow from operations, expanding profit margins and increase in stock price during the past year. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. Get the full Essex Property Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, American Realty Capital Properties ( ARCP) is down $0.35 (-2.3%) to $14.84 on light volume. Thus far, 1.3 million shares of American Realty Capital Properties exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $14.78-$15.19 after having opened the day at $15.19 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $15.19.

American Realty Capital Properties, Inc. owns and acquires single tenant, freestanding commercial real estate that is net leased on a medium-term basis, primarily to investment grade credit rated and other creditworthy tenants. The company principally invests in retail and office properties. American Realty Capital Properties has a market cap of $2.3 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 11.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate American Realty Capital Properties a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates American Realty Capital Properties as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth 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 weak operating cash flow. Get the full American Realty Capital Properties Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Nationstar Mortgage Holdings ( NSM) is down $1.18 (-2.6%) to $44.81 on light volume. Thus far, 442,984 shares of Nationstar Mortgage Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $44.71-$46.94 after having opened the day at $45.87 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $45.99.

Nationstar Mortgage Holdings Inc. operates as a residential mortgage loan servicer in the United States. It operates in two segments, Servicing and Originations. Nationstar Mortgage Holdings has a market cap of $4.2 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 48.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Nationstar Mortgage Holdings a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Nationstar Mortgage Holdings as a sell. Among the areas we feel are negative, one of the most important has been weak operating cash flow. Get the full Nationstar Mortgage Holdings Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Ventas ( VTR) is down $0.34 (-0.5%) to $71.27 on light volume. Thus far, 294,163 shares of Ventas exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $71.04-$71.81 after having opened the day at $71.80 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $71.61.

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 $20.9 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 10.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Ventas a buy, 3 analysts rate it a sell, and 6 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.

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1. As of noon trading, Host Hotels & Resorts ( HST) is down $0.16 (-0.9%) to $18.52 on average volume. Thus far, 2.9 million shares of Host Hotels & Resorts exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $18.48-$18.72 after having opened the day at $18.70 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $18.68.

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 $13.8 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 19.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. 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 increase in stock price during the past year, revenue growth, growth in earnings per share, compelling growth in net income and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Host Hotels & Resorts 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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