HPT, NSM, HST, HCP And AMT, 5 Real Estate Stocks Pushing The Industry Lower

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 90 points (-0.6%) at 15,522 as of Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2013, 12:50 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 580 issues advancing vs. 2,389 declining with 97 unchanged.

The Real Estate industry currently is unchanged today versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.6%. A company within the industry that fell today was Equity Residential ( EQR), up 0.5%.

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

5. Hospitality Properties ( HPT) is one of the companies pushing the Real Estate industry lower today. As of noon trading, Hospitality Properties is down $0.94 (-3.2%) to $28.00 on light volume. Thus far, 355,806 shares of Hospitality Properties exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $27.94-$29.09 after having opened the day at $29.09 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $28.94.

Hospitality Properties Trust, a real estate investment trust (REIT), engages in buying, owning, and leasing hotels. Hospitality Properties has a market cap of $4.1 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 23.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate Hospitality Properties a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Hospitality Properties as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, reasonable valuation levels and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat weak growth in earnings per share. Get the full Hospitality Properties Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, Nationstar Mortgage Holdings ( NSM) is down $1.76 (-3.6%) to $46.94 on heavy volume. Thus far, 1.8 million 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 $46.87-$51.55 after having opened the day at $50.41 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $48.70.

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 $4.4 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 57.2% 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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3. As of noon trading, Host Hotels & Resorts ( HST) is down $0.26 (-1.4%) to $17.81 on light volume. Thus far, 2.2 million shares of Host Hotels & Resorts exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $17.78-$18.13 after having opened the day at $18.05 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $18.07.

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 15.3% 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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2. As of noon trading, HCP ( HCP) is down $0.37 (-0.9%) to $42.60 on light volume. Thus far, 1.2 million shares of HCP exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $42.51-$43.10 after having opened the day at $42.79 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $42.97.

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 $19.5 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 4.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate HCP a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 9 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, good cash flow from operations, expanding profit margins, increase in net income and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. Get the full HCP Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, American Tower ( AMT) is down $0.58 (-0.8%) to $70.36 on average volume. Thus far, 1.6 million shares of American Tower exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $70.06-$71.28 after having opened the day at $70.72 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $70.94.

American Tower Corporation, a real estate investment trust, operates as a wireless and broadcast communications infrastructure company. It develops, owns, and operates communications sites. American Tower has a market cap of $27.8 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 8.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 16 analysts that rate American Tower a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates American Tower as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, notable return on equity, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. Get the full American Tower Ratings Report now.

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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).

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