AVB, EQR, PLD, BXP And NLY, 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 21 points (0.1%) at 16,093 as of Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2013, 11:45 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,560 issues advancing vs. 1,331 declining with 131 unchanged.

The Real Estate industry currently sits down 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.1%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include W. P. Carey ( WPC), down 2.4%, Health Care REIT ( HCN), down 2.1%, Douglas Emmett ( DEI), down 2.0%, Liberty Property ( LRY), down 1.7% and UDR ( UDR), down 1.7%.

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 $0.73 (-0.6%) to $116.13 on light volume. Thus far, 232,635 shares of AvalonBay Communities exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 635,200 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $116.12-$117.02 after having opened the day at $117.00 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $116.86.

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 $15.2 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 226.1, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 13.3% 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 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates AvalonBay Communities 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 also find weaknesses including poor profit margins and feeble growth in the company's earnings per share. Get the full AvalonBay Communities Ratings Report now.

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