5 Stocks Pushing The Real Estate Industry Downward

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 112 points (-0.7%) at 15,897 as of Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013, 11:45 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 970 issues advancing vs. 1,886 declining with 143 unchanged.

The Real Estate industry currently sits down 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.4%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Digital Realty ( DLR), down 4.2%, CubeSmart ( CUBE), down 3.0% and General Growth Properties ( GGP), down 1.3%. Top gainers within the industry include E-House China Holdings ( EJ), up 3.4%, BRE Properties ( BRE), up 2.9%, Icahn ( IEP), up 2.6%, Altisource Portfolio Solutions ( ASPS), up 1.8% and Regency Centers Corporation ( REG), up 1.2%.

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

5. Brookfield Asset Management ( BAM) is one of the companies pushing the Real Estate industry lower today. As of noon trading, Brookfield Asset Management is down $0.40 (-1.0%) to $38.20 on light volume. Thus far, 176,011 shares of Brookfield Asset Management exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 656,800 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $38.08-$38.39 after having opened the day at $38.30 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $38.60.

Brookfield Asset Management Inc. is a publicly owned asset management holding company. Through its subsidiaries the firm invests in the property, power, and infrastructure sectors. Brookfield Asset Management has a market cap of $24.2 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 13.9, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 6.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Brookfield Asset Management a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Brookfield Asset Management as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its compelling growth in net income, attractive valuation levels, good cash flow from operations, notable return on equity and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated. Get the full Brookfield Asset Management Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, Brookfield Office Properties ( BPO) is down $0.12 (-0.6%) to $19.10 on light volume. Thus far, 442,858 shares of Brookfield Office Properties exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $19.05-$19.20 after having opened the day at $19.16 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $19.22.

Brookfield Properties Corporation is a publicly owned real estate investment firm. The firm engages in the ownership, development, and management of premier commercial properties. It also provides ancillary real estate service businesses, such as tenant service and amenities. Brookfield Office Properties has a market cap of $9.7 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 8.7, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 12.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are no analysts that rate Brookfield Office Properties a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Brookfield Office Properties as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, attractive valuation levels and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including feeble growth in the company's earnings per share, deteriorating net income and weak operating cash flow. Get the full Brookfield Office Properties Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Public Storage ( PSA) is down $1.80 (-1.2%) to $151.00 on average volume. Thus far, 239,287 shares of Public Storage exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 599,400 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $150.48-$153.04 after having opened the day at $151.60 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $152.80.

Public Storage operates as a real estate investment trust (REIT). It engages in the acquisition, development, ownership, and operation of self-storage facilities in the United States and Europe. Public Storage has a market cap of $26.3 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 32.0, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 5.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate Public Storage a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 11 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Public Storage as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its impressive record of earnings per share growth, revenue growth, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations and increase in stock price during the past year. 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 Public Storage Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Host Hotels & Resorts ( HST) is down $0.10 (-0.6%) to $18.08 on average volume. Thus far, 2.8 million shares of Host Hotels & Resorts exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $17.92-$18.17 after having opened the day at $18.02 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $18.19.

Host Hotels & Resorts, Inc. is a publicly owned real estate investment trust (REIT). The firm primarily engages in the ownership and operation of hotel properties. It invests in the real estate markets of United States. Host Hotels & Resorts has a market cap of $13.9 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 80.0, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 17.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate Host Hotels & Resorts a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Host Hotels & Resorts as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, revenue growth, good cash flow from operations 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 Host Hotels & Resorts Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, American Tower ( AMT) is down $0.44 (-0.6%) to $77.77 on light volume. Thus far, 615,800 shares of American Tower exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $77.66-$78.12 after having opened the day at $77.88 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $78.21.

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 $30.7 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 52.9, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 1.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. 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, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations, increase in stock price during the past year and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. 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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