5 Stocks Pushing The Real Estate Industry Lower

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Two out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 10 points (-0.1%) at 15,618 as of Friday, Aug. 2, 2013, 12:50 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,354 issues advancing vs. 1,554 declining with 118 unchanged.

The Real Estate industry currently is unchanged today versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.1%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Liberty Property ( LRY), down 2.2%, Rayonier ( RYN), down 1.0%, Extra Space Storage ( EXR), down 0.9%, Brookfield Office Properties ( BPO), down 0.9% and Weyerhaeuser ( WY), down 0.7%. Top gainers within the industry include Host Hotels & Resorts ( HST), up 2.3%, HCP ( HCP), up 2.1%, Annaly Capital Management ( NLY), up 1.3%, Health Care REIT ( HCN), up 1.3% and American Capital Agency ( AGNC), up 1.2%.

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

5. Home Properties ( HME) is one of the companies pushing the Real Estate industry lower today. As of noon trading, Home Properties is down $1.29 (-2.0%) to $62.65 on average volume. Thus far, 311,782 shares of Home Properties exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 541,700 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $62.00-$64.21 after having opened the day at $62.75 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $63.94.

Home Properties, Inc. is an independent real estate investment trust. The firm invests in the real estate markets of the United States. It is engaged in the ownership, management, acquisition, rehabilitation and development of residential apartment communities. Home Properties has a market cap of $3.6 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 4.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Home Properties a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Home Properties as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its compelling growth in net income, revenue growth and reasonable valuation levels. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself and poor profit margins. Get the full Home Properties Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, Essex Property ( ESS) is down $1.75 (-1.1%) to $159.18 on light volume. Thus far, 84,498 shares of Essex Property exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 253,400 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $158.86-$162.12 after having opened the day at $160.50 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $160.93.

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 $6.1 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 9.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. 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 impressive record of earnings per share growth. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook. Get the full Essex Property Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Camden Property ( CPT) is down $0.72 (-1.0%) to $70.50 on light volume. Thus far, 173,923 shares of Camden Property exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 645,800 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $70.40-$71.79 after having opened the day at $71.58 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $71.22.

Camden Property Trust is an independent real estate investment trust. The firm invests in the real estate markets of the United States. It is engaged in the ownership, development, acquisition, management, and disposition of multifamily residential apartment communities. Camden Property has a market cap of $6.0 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 3.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Camden Property a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Camden Property as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, notable return on equity 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 Camden Property Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, UDR ( UDR) is down $0.22 (-0.9%) to $24.88 on light volume. Thus far, 587,950 shares of UDR exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $24.80-$25.33 after having opened the day at $24.99 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $25.11.

UDR, Inc. is an independent real estate investment trust. The firm invests in the real estate markets of the United States. It owns, operates, acquires, renovates, develops, redevelops, and manages multifamily apartment communities. UDR has a market cap of $6.3 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 5.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate UDR a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 13 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates UDR as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth and notable return on equity. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, poor profit margins and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself. Get the full UDR Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Equity Residential ( EQR) is down $0.50 (-0.9%) to $55.16 on light volume. Thus far, 832,531 shares of Equity Residential exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $54.96-$56.00 after having opened the day at $55.42 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $55.66.

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 $20.2 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 1.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate Equity Residential a buy, 1 analyst rates 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, poor profit margins and weak operating cash flow. Get the full Equity Residential Ratings Report now.

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If you are interested in one of these 4 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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