O, PSA, BXP, PLD And AMT, 5 Real Estate Stocks Pushing The 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 14 points (-0.1%) at 15,098 as of Friday, Aug. 16, 2013, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,393 issues advancing vs. 1,555 declining with 92 unchanged.

The Real Estate industry currently sits down 0.7% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.1%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Duke Realty ( DRE), down 2.7%, Senior Housing Properties ( SNH), down 2.4%, Camden Property ( CPT), down 2.3%, Ventas ( VTR), down 2.2% and Essex Property ( ESS), down 2.1%. A company within the industry that increased today was CoStar Group ( CSGP), up 0.9%.

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

5. Realty Income Corporation ( O) is one of the companies pushing the Real Estate industry lower today. As of noon trading, Realty Income Corporation is down $0.79 (-1.9%) to $40.40 on average volume. Thus far, 868,166 shares of Realty Income Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $40.23-$41.19 after having opened the day at $41.17 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $41.19.

Realty Income Corporation is a publicly traded real estate investment trust. It invests in the real estate markets of the United States. The firm makes investments in commercial real estate. Realty Income Corporation was founded in 1969 and is based in Escondido, California. Realty Income Corporation has a market cap of $8.2 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 2.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Realty Income Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Realty Income Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, good cash flow from operations, increase in stock price during the past year, expanding profit margins and compelling growth in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. Get the full Realty Income Corporation Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, Public Storage ( PSA) is down $1.60 (-1.0%) to $155.83 on light volume. Thus far, 160,291 shares of Public Storage exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 667,500 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $155.82-$157.36 after having opened the day at $157.14 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $157.43.

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 $27.4 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 8.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Public Storage a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 10 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 impressive record of earnings per share growth, revenue growth, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations and increase in stock price during the past year. 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 Public Storage Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Boston Properties ( BXP) is down $1.49 (-1.5%) to $100.26 on average volume. Thus far, 757,549 shares of Boston Properties exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $100.24-$101.84 after having opened the day at $101.30 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $101.75.

Boston Properties, Inc., a real estate investment trust (REIT), together with its subsidiaries, engages in the ownership and development of office properties. Boston Properties has a market cap of $15.8 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 3.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate Boston Properties a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Boston Properties as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, compelling growth in net income, expanding profit margins 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 Boston Properties Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Prologis ( PLD) is down $0.69 (-1.9%) to $35.47 on light volume. Thus far, 909,589 shares of Prologis exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $35.39-$36.07 after having opened the day at $36.00 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $36.16.

Prologis Inc. is an independent equity real estate investment trust. It invests in the real estate markets across the globe. The firm engages in the ownership, development, management, and leasing of industrial distribution and retail properties. Prologis has a market cap of $18.4 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 0.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 11 analysts that rate Prologis a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Prologis as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its growth in earnings per share, increase in stock price during the past year and increase in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including disappointing return on equity and poor profit margins. Get the full Prologis Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, American Tower ( AMT) is down $0.43 (-0.6%) to $69.05 on light volume. Thus far, 1.1 million shares of American Tower exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $69.02-$69.58 after having opened the day at $69.16 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $69.48.

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 $27.5 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 10.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. 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 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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