VNO, DLR, AVB, BXP And EQR, 5 Real Estate Stocks Pushing The Industry Lower

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 22 points (0.1%) at 15,424 as of Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,875 issues advancing vs. 1,030 declining with 132 unchanged.

The Real Estate industry currently sits down 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.2%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include American Campus Communities ( ACC), down 1.8%, Essex Property ( ESS), down 1.4%, Camden Property ( CPT), down 1.2%, General Growth Properties ( GGP), down 1.1% and UDR ( UDR), down 1.1%. Top gainers within the industry include Brookfield Residential Properties ( BRP), up 4.4%, Hersha Hospitality ( HT), up 4.2%, Zillow ( Z), up 1.5%, Omega Healthcare Investors ( OHI), up 1.3% and CoStar Group ( CSGP), up 1.1%.

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

5. Vornado Realty ( VNO) is one of the companies pushing the Real Estate industry lower today. As of noon trading, Vornado Realty is down $0.68 (-0.8%) to $85.35 on light volume. Thus far, 222,327 shares of Vornado Realty exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 919,400 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $85.16-$86.13 after having opened the day at $86.00 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $86.03.

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 $16.1 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 7.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. 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, growth in earnings per share and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. Get the full Vornado Realty Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, Digital Realty ( DLR) is down $0.48 (-0.9%) to $55.26 on average volume. Thus far, 613,537 shares of Digital Realty exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $55.10-$55.64 after having opened the day at $55.60 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $55.74.

Digital Realty Trust, Inc., a real estate investment trust (REIT), through its controlling interest in Digital Realty Trust, L.P., engages in the ownership, acquisition, development, redevelopment, and management of technology-related real estate. Digital Realty has a market cap of $7.1 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 18.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate Digital Realty a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Digital Realty as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, reasonable valuation levels and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including disappointing return on equity, poor profit margins and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself. Get the full Digital Realty Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, AvalonBay Communities ( AVB) is down $1.77 (-1.3%) to $130.01 on light volume. Thus far, 209,571 shares of AvalonBay Communities exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 695,700 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $129.89-$132.18 after having opened the day at $131.84 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $131.78.

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 $17.2 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 1.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate AvalonBay Communities a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 9 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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2. As of noon trading, Boston Properties ( BXP) is down $1.26 (-1.1%) to $108.17 on light volume. Thus far, 256,233 shares of Boston Properties exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 899,800 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $108.17-$109.64 after having opened the day at $109.12 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $109.43.

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 $16.7 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 3.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 10 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 shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Boston Properties Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Equity Residential ( EQR) is down $0.70 (-1.3%) to $54.48 on light volume. Thus far, 599,088 shares of Equity Residential exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $54.42-$55.40 after having opened the day at $55.25 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $55.18.

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 $20.2 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 1.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. 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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