5 Real Estate Stocks Dragging The Industry Down

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 55 points (-0.4%) at 14,948 as of Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2013, 12:49 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 846 issues advancing vs. 2,101 declining with 78 unchanged.

The Real Estate industry currently sits down 0.3% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.4%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Home Loan Servicing Solutions ( HLSS), down 2.6%, Jones Lang LaSalle ( JLL), down 1.4%, CoStar Group ( CSGP), down 1.0%, Host Hotels & Resorts ( HST), down 0.9% and Brookfield Asset Management ( BAM), down 0.7%. Top gainers within the industry include Zillow ( Z), up 3.9%, HCP ( HCP), up 1.3% and American Capital Agency ( AGNC), up 0.7%.

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

5. Nationstar Mortgage Holdings ( NSM) is one of the companies pushing the Real Estate industry lower today. As of noon trading, Nationstar Mortgage Holdings is down $1.45 (-3.0%) to $47.67 on light volume. Thus far, 215,913 shares of Nationstar Mortgage Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 986,500 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $47.66-$48.95 after having opened the day at $48.81 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $49.12.

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 $4.3 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 58.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. 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. The area that we feel has been the company's primary weakness has been its poor profit margins. Get the full Nationstar Mortgage Holdings Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, Macerich Company ( MAC) is down $0.43 (-0.8%) to $56.34 on light volume. Thus far, 269,915 shares of Macerich Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 966,300 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $55.76-$56.65 after having opened the day at $56.65 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $56.77.

The Macerich Company is an independent real estate investment trust. The firm invests in the real estate markets of the United States. Macerich Company has a market cap of $7.8 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 2.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Macerich Company a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 13 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Macerich Company as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations, compelling growth in net income and notable return on equity. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. Get the full Macerich Company Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, CBRE Group ( CBG) is down $0.29 (-1.3%) to $21.70 on light volume. Thus far, 790,200 shares of CBRE Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $21.67-$21.97 after having opened the day at $21.94 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $21.99.

CBRE Group, Inc. operates as a commercial real estate services and investment company. The company's segments include Americas; Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA); Asia Pacific; Global Investment Management; and Development Services. CBRE Group has a market cap of $7.1 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 10.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate CBRE Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates CBRE Group as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, notable return on equity, good cash flow from operations and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full CBRE Group Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, SL Green Realty Corporation ( SLG) is down $0.51 (-0.6%) to $86.88 on light volume. Thus far, 273,339 shares of SL Green Realty Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 807,900 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $86.10-$87.45 after having opened the day at $87.32 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $87.39.

SL Green Realty Corp. is a real estate investment trust (REIT). The firm engages in the property management, acquisitions, financing, development, construction, and leasing. It also provides tenant services to its clients. The firm invests in real estate markets of the United States. SL Green Realty Corporation has a market cap of $7.9 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 14.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate SL Green Realty Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates SL Green Realty Corporation as a hold. The company's strongest point has been its very decent return on equity which we feel should persist. At the same time, however, we also find weaknesses including feeble growth in the company's earnings per share, deteriorating net income and poor profit margins. Get the full SL Green Realty Corporation Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Equity Residential ( EQR) is down $0.26 (-0.5%) to $51.06 on light volume. Thus far, 671,537 shares of Equity Residential exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $50.24-$51.11 after having opened the day at $51.02 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $51.32.

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 $18.2 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 9.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. 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 robust 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, weak operating cash flow and poor profit margins. Get the full Equity Residential 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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