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 119 points (-0.8%) at 14,828 as of Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2013, 12:50 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 582 issues advancing vs. 2,376 declining with 94 unchanged.

The Real Estate industry currently sits down 0.6% versus the S&P 500, which is down 1.0%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Extra Space Storage ( EXR), down 1.6%, W. P. Carey ( WPC), down 1.5%, Weyerhaeuser ( WY), down 1.6%, Brookfield Office Properties ( BPO), down 1.4% and Public Storage ( PSA), down 1.0%. A company within the industry that increased today was Digital Realty ( DLR), up 1.0%.

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

5. AvalonBay Communities ( AVB) is one of the companies pushing the Real Estate industry lower today. As of noon trading, AvalonBay Communities is down $1.61 (-1.3%) to $125.19 on light volume. Thus far, 176,050 shares of AvalonBay Communities exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 803,400 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $123.34-$126.74 after having opened the day at $123.34 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $126.80.

AvalonBay Communities, Inc. engages in the development, redevelopment, acquisition, ownership, and operation of multifamily communities in the United States. AvalonBay Communities has a market cap of $16.3 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 6.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate AvalonBay Communities a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates AvalonBay Communities as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth 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 AvalonBay Communities Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, Prologis ( PLD) is down $0.41 (-1.1%) to $35.48 on light volume. Thus far, 576,309 shares of Prologis exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $35.16-$35.89 after having opened the day at $35.51 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $35.89.

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 $18.0 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 1.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. 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, poor profit margins and weak operating cash flow. Get the full Prologis Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Host Hotels & Resorts ( HST) is down $0.19 (-1.1%) to $17.13 on average volume. Thus far, 3.4 million shares of Host Hotels & Resorts exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $17.01-$17.22 after having opened the day at $17.10 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $17.32.

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 $13.1 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 10.5% 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 impressive record of earnings per share growth, revenue growth, good cash flow from operations, increase in stock price during the past year and notable return on equity. 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, Simon Property Group ( SPG) is down $1.68 (-1.1%) to $145.45 on light volume. Thus far, 472,456 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 $145.25-$146.73 after having opened the day at $146.24 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $147.13.

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 $45.8 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 6.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. 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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1. As of noon trading, American Tower ( AMT) is down $0.34 (-0.5%) to $69.60 on light volume. Thus far, 1.3 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 $69.04-$70.18 after having opened the day at $69.20 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $69.94.

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 $27.7 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 9.5% 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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