5 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 52 points (0.3%) at 15,523 as of Thursday, Aug. 8, 2013, 12:45 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,945 issues advancing vs. 956 declining with 122 unchanged.

The Real Estate industry currently sits up 0.4% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.4%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Walker & Dunlop ( WD), down 12.4%, Brookfield Residential Properties ( BRP), down 3.2%, Strategic Hotels & Resorts ( BEE), down 2.6%, Prologis ( PLD), down 0.9% and Weyerhaeuser ( WY), down 0.9%. Top gainers within the industry include Redwood ( RWT), up 11.2%, CommonWealth REIT ( CWH), up 6.1%, Howard Hughes ( HHC), up 2.8% and Vornado Realty ( VNO), up 1.1%.

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

5. Medical Properties ( MPW) is one of the companies pushing the Real Estate industry lower today. As of noon trading, Medical Properties is down $0.45 (-3.2%) to $13.63 on average volume. Thus far, 643,010 shares of Medical Properties exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $13.53-$14.20 after having opened the day at $14.10 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $14.08.

Medical Properties Trust, Inc. operates as a real estate investment trust (REIT) in the United States. It acquires, develops, and invests in healthcare facilities; and leases healthcare facilities to healthcare operating companies and healthcare providers. Medical Properties has a market cap of $2.1 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 17.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate Medical Properties a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Medical Properties as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income 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 Medical Properties Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, Highwoods Properties ( HIW) is down $0.81 (-2.2%) to $35.50 on heavy volume. Thus far, 1.8 million shares of Highwoods Properties exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 990,300 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $35.38-$35.79 after having opened the day at $35.54 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $36.31.

Highwoods Properties, Inc. is a real estate investment trust. The trust engages in leasing, management, development, construction, and other customer-related services for its properties and for third parties. It invests in the real estate markets of United States. Highwoods Properties has a market cap of $3.1 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 8.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Highwoods Properties a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Highwoods Properties 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, reasonable valuation levels and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Highwoods Properties Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Camden Property ( CPT) is down $0.61 (-0.9%) to $68.01 on light volume. Thus far, 156,189 shares of Camden Property exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 653,300 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $67.83-$69.10 after having opened the day at $68.94 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $68.62.

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 $5.9 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 0.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. 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, good cash flow from operations 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 $0.31 (-1.3%) to $24.19 on average volume. Thus far, 790,906 shares of UDR exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $24.09-$24.65 after having opened the day at $24.65 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $24.50.

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 $6.2 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 3.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. 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, Public Storage ( PSA) is down $1.58 (-1.0%) to $161.09 on light volume. Thus far, 182,785 shares of Public Storage exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 688,700 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $160.52-$163.44 after having opened the day at $162.97 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $162.67.

Public Storage operates as a real estate investment trust (REIT). It engages in the acquisition, development, ownership, and operation of self-storage facilities in the United States and Europe. Public Storage has a market cap of $27.9 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 12.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Public Storage a buy, 3 analysts rate it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Public Storage 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, expanding profit margins, increase in stock price during the past year and compelling growth in net income. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. Get the full Public Storage 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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