4 Stocks Underperforming Today In The Real Estate Industry

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 11 points (0.1%) at 15,533 as of Tuesday, July 30, 2013, 12:50 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,505 issues advancing vs. 1,392 declining with 116 unchanged.

The Real Estate industry currently sits up 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.2%. Top gainers within the industry include St. Joe Corporation ( JOE), up 3.6%, Invesco Mortgage Capital ( IVR), up 2.6%, W. P. Carey ( WPC), up 1.6%, Brookfield Office Properties ( BPO), up 1.5% and Alexandria Real Estate Equities ( ARE), up 1.4%.

TheStreet would like to highlight 4 stocks pushing the industry lower today:

4. Post Properties ( PPS) is one of the companies pushing the Real Estate industry lower today. As of noon trading, Post Properties is down $0.79 (-1.6%) to $47.15 on average volume. Thus far, 322,315 shares of Post Properties exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 444,500 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $47.04-$48.51 after having opened the day at $47.93 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $47.94.

Post Properties, Inc. is an independent real estate investment trust. The firm invests in the real estate markets of the United States. It primarily develops, owns, and manages multi-family apartment communities. Post Properties, Inc. was founded in 1971 and is based in Atlanta, Georgia. Post Properties has a market cap of $2.7 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 4.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Post Properties a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Post Properties as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, reasonable valuation levels, good cash flow from operations and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Post Properties Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Kilroy Realty Corporation ( KRC) is down $0.66 (-1.2%) to $52.84 on light volume. Thus far, 148,327 shares of Kilroy Realty Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 450,400 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $52.77-$54.26 after having opened the day at $53.74 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $53.50.

Kilroy Realty Corporation is a privately owned real estate investment trust. The firm engages in investment, development, and management of properties. It invests in the real estate markets of Southern California. Kilroy Realty Corporation has a market cap of $4.1 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 13.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate Kilroy Realty Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Kilroy Realty Corporation as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including unimpressive growth in net income and poor profit margins. Get the full Kilroy Realty Corporation Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Senior Housing Properties ( SNH) is down $0.53 (-2.0%) to $25.87 on average volume. Thus far, 668,523 shares of Senior Housing Properties exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $25.83-$26.68 after having opened the day at $26.61 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $26.40.

Senior Housing Properties Trust, a real estate investment trust (REIT), primarily invests in senior housing properties in the United States. The trust invests in hospitals, nursing homes, senior apartments, independent living properties, and assisted living properties. Senior Housing Properties has a market cap of $5.0 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 12.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are no analysts that rate Senior Housing Properties a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Senior Housing Properties 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, increase in net income and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. Get the full Senior Housing Properties Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Digital Realty ( DLR) is down $0.49 (-0.8%) to $56.83 on average volume. Thus far, 741,027 shares of Digital Realty exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $56.75-$57.92 after having opened the day at $57.35 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $57.32.

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 $7.5 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 14.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. 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.

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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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