5 Stocks Pulling The Real Estate Industry Downward

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 63 points (0.4%) at 14,888 as of Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013, 12:45 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,979 issues advancing vs. 942 declining with 102 unchanged.

The Real Estate industry currently sits up 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.5%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include HCP ( HCP), down 0.9%, Boston Properties ( BXP), down 0.6%, Prologis ( PLD), down 0.2% and AvalonBay Communities ( AVB), down 0.3%. Top gainers within the industry include Zillow ( Z), up 6.8%, Nationstar Mortgage Holdings ( NSM), up 2.8%, American Tower ( AMT), up 0.6%, Annaly Capital Management ( NLY), up -0.1% and Realty Income Corporation ( O), up 1.0%.

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

5. Duke Realty ( DRE) is one of the companies pushing the Real Estate industry lower today. As of noon trading, Duke Realty is down $0.17 (-1.1%) to $14.76 on light volume. Thus far, 782,872 shares of Duke Realty exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $14.67-$14.83 after having opened the day at $14.80 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $14.93.

Duke Realty Corporation operates as a real estate investment trust (REIT) in the United States. It offers leasing, property and asset management, development, construction, build-to-suit, and other tenant-related services. Duke Realty has a market cap of $4.9 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 8.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Duke Realty a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Duke Realty as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its compelling growth in net income, revenue growth and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company's profit margins have been poor overall. Get the full Duke Realty Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, Liberty Property ( LRY) is down $0.24 (-0.7%) to $34.51 on light volume. Thus far, 298,905 shares of Liberty Property exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $34.17-$34.57 after having opened the day at $34.45 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $34.75.

Liberty Property Trust is a publicly owned real estate investment holding trust. Through its subsidiary, it provides leasing, property management, development, acquisition, and other tenant-related services for a portfolio of industrial and office properties. Liberty Property has a market cap of $5.0 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 1.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate Liberty Property a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Liberty Property as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its growth in earnings per share, revenue growth, reasonable valuation levels, 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 Liberty Property Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Vornado Realty ( VNO) is down $0.60 (-0.7%) to $81.88 on light volume. Thus far, 215,618 shares of Vornado Realty exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $81.00-$82.30 after having opened the day at $82.30 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $82.48.

Vornado Realty Trust is a publicly owned real estate investment trust. The firm invests in the real estate markets of the United States. It makes investments in commercial real estate properties to create its portfolio. The firm was formerly known as Vornado Inc. Vornado Realty has a market cap of $15.5 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 3.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Vornado Realty a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Vornado Realty as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its compelling growth in net income, revenue growth, good cash flow from operations 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 Vornado Realty Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Ventas ( VTR) is down $0.45 (-0.7%) to $62.31 on light volume. Thus far, 282,008 shares of Ventas exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $61.76-$62.51 after having opened the day at $62.50 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $62.76.

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 $18.2 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 2.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Ventas a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 7 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, increase in net income, reasonable valuation levels, good cash flow from operations 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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1. As of noon trading, Health Care REIT ( HCN) is down $0.48 (-0.8%) to $61.21 on light volume. Thus far, 521,536 shares of Health Care REIT exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $60.71-$61.46 after having opened the day at $61.46 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $61.69.

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 $17.5 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 0.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. 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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If you are interested in one of these 4 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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