3 Stocks Dragging The Real Estate Industry Downward

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Two out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 32 points (-0.2%) at 15,645 as of Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013, 12:50 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,343 issues advancing vs. 1,599 declining with 112 unchanged.

The Real Estate industry currently sits up 0.4% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.1%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Ventas ( VTR), down 1.0%, and HCP ( HCP), down 0.5%. Top gainers within the industry include Rayonier ( RYN), up 2.0%, Kimco Realty ( KIM), up 1.9%, Simon Property Group ( SPG), up 1.4%, General Growth Properties ( GGP), up 1.3% and Vornado Realty ( VNO), up 1.0%.

TheStreet would like to highlight 3 stocks pushing the industry lower today:

3. Brookfield Residential Properties ( BRP) is one of the companies pushing the Real Estate industry lower today. As of noon trading, Brookfield Residential Properties is down $0.64 (-2.7%) to $23.36 on average volume. Thus far, 100,791 shares of Brookfield Residential Properties exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 180,300 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $23.21-$24.34 after having opened the day at $24.17 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $24.00.

Brookfield Residential Properties Inc. operates as a land developer and homebuilder in North America. The company operates in three segments: California, Canada, and Central and Eastern U.S. It offers master-planned communities and infill developments. Brookfield Residential Properties has a market cap of $2.7 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 24.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates Brookfield Residential Properties a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Brookfield Residential Properties as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, increase in net income and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including poor profit margins and weak operating cash flow. Get the full Brookfield Residential Properties Ratings Report now.

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