5 Stocks Pushing The Real Estate Industry Lower

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 31 points (0.2%) at 16,096 as of Monday, Nov. 25, 2013, 11:45 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,434 issues advancing vs. 1,496 declining with 119 unchanged.

The Real Estate industry currently is unchanged today versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.1%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Liberty Property ( LRY), down 1.9%, Brookfield Residential Properties ( BRP), down 1.9%, Nationstar Mortgage Holdings ( NSM), down 1.7%, CBL & Associates Properties ( CBL), down 1.7% and Howard Hughes ( HHC), down 1.5%.

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

5. Ventas ( VTR) is one of the companies pushing the Real Estate industry lower today. As of noon trading, Ventas is down $0.87 (-1.5%) to $58.28 on light volume. Thus far, 476,948 shares of Ventas exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $58.20-$59.44 after having opened the day at $59.44 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $59.15.

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 $17.6 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 36.9, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 8.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates Ventas a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 8 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, good cash flow from operations, increase in net income, notable return on equity and growth in earnings per share. 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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4. As of noon trading, Health Care REIT ( HCN) is down $0.43 (-0.8%) to $57.33 on average volume. Thus far, 909,307 shares of Health Care REIT exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $56.85-$57.88 after having opened the day at $57.70 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $57.76.

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 $17.0 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 80.5, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 4.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 5 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 notable return on equity. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company's profit margins have been poor overall. Get the full Health Care REIT Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, HCP ( HCP) is down $0.42 (-1.1%) to $37.85 on average volume. Thus far, 1.1 million shares of HCP exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $37.72-$38.40 after having opened the day at $38.40 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $38.27.

HCP, Inc. is an independent hybrid real estate investment trust. The fund invests in real estate markets of the United States. HCP has a market cap of $17.8 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 20.1, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 15.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate HCP a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 11 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates HCP as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, good cash flow from operations, compelling growth in net income, notable return on equity and growth in earnings per share. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook. Get the full HCP Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Weyerhaeuser ( WY) is down $0.15 (-0.5%) to $29.41 on light volume. Thus far, 970,870 shares of Weyerhaeuser exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $29.25-$29.62 after having opened the day at $29.44 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $29.56.

Weyerhaeuser Company, a forest products company, grows and harvests trees, builds homes, and manufactures forest products worldwide. It grows and harvests trees for use as lumber, other wood and building products, and pulp and paper. Weyerhaeuser has a market cap of $17.2 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 25.8, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 6.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Weyerhaeuser a buy, 3 analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Weyerhaeuser as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, good cash flow from operations, compelling growth in net income, notable return on equity and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Weyerhaeuser Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, American Tower ( AMT) is down $0.42 (-0.5%) to $76.86 on light volume. Thus far, 726,404 shares of American Tower exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $76.78-$77.39 after having opened the day at $77.34 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $77.28.

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 $30.6 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 52.8, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 0.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 14 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 revenue growth, good cash flow from operations, increase in stock price during the past year, expanding profit margins 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 American Tower 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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