5 Stocks Pushing The Real Estate Industry Lower

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 84 points (-0.5%) at 15,367 as of Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013, 12:50 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,073 issues advancing vs. 1,847 declining with 114 unchanged.

The Real Estate industry currently sits down 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.3%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Howard Hughes ( HHC), down 1.5%, HCP ( HCP), down 0.9% and AvalonBay Communities ( AVB), down 0.7%. Top gainers within the industry include Weyerhaeuser ( WY), up 3.3%, Annaly Capital Management ( NLY), up 1.3% and American Tower ( AMT), up 0.6%.

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

5. PennyMac Mortgage Investment ( PMT) is one of the companies pushing the Real Estate industry lower today. As of noon trading, PennyMac Mortgage Investment is down $1.07 (-4.6%) to $22.08 on heavy volume. Thus far, 6.4 million shares of PennyMac Mortgage Investment exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $22.06-$22.22 after having opened the day at $22.11 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $23.15.

PennyMac Mortgage Investment Trust, a specialty finance company, through its subsidiaries, invests primarily in residential mortgage loans and mortgage-related assets. The company operates in two segments, Correspondent Lending and Investment Activities. PennyMac Mortgage Investment has a market cap of $1.4 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 7.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate PennyMac Mortgage Investment a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates PennyMac Mortgage Investment as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, notable return on equity and attractive valuation levels. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the stock has experienced relatively poor performance when compared with the S&P 500 during the past year. Get the full PennyMac Mortgage Investment Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, Digital Realty ( DLR) is down $0.70 (-1.3%) to $53.88 on average volume. Thus far, 870,281 shares of Digital Realty exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $53.74-$54.28 after having opened the day at $54.16 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $54.58.

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 $7.1 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 19.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 8 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 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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3. As of noon trading, Ventas ( VTR) is down $0.38 (-0.6%) to $62.84 on light volume. Thus far, 538,915 shares of Ventas exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $62.76-$63.37 after having opened the day at $63.15 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $63.22.

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 $18.9 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 0.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. 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 revenue growth, reasonable valuation levels, good cash flow from operations, increase in net income and impressive record of earnings per share growth. 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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2. As of noon trading, Health Care REIT ( HCN) is down $0.60 (-1.0%) to $61.46 on average volume. Thus far, 881,676 shares of Health Care REIT exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $61.37-$62.04 after having opened the day at $61.98 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $62.06.

Health Care REIT, Inc. is an independent equity real estate investment trust. The firm engages in acquiring, planning, developing, managing, repositioning and monetizing of real estate assets. It primarily invests in the real estate markets of the United States. Health Care REIT has a market cap of $18.1 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 1.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Health Care REIT a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

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

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1. As of noon trading, Simon Property Group ( SPG) is down $1.25 (-0.8%) to $152.80 on average volume. Thus far, 567,206 shares of Simon Property Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $152.53-$154.76 after having opened the day at $154.76 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $154.05.

Simon Property Group, Inc. is an independent equity real estate investment trust. It engages in investment, ownership, and management of properties. The firm invests in the real estate markets across the globe. Simon Property Group has a market cap of $48.8 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 0.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 15 analysts that rate Simon Property Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Simon Property Group as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, revenue growth, good cash flow from operations, expanding profit margins and growth in earnings per share. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. Get the full Simon Property Group 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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