4 Stocks Pushing The Real Estate Industry Lower

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 34 points (-0.2%) at 15,991 as of Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013, 11:45 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,256 issues advancing vs. 1,637 declining with 176 unchanged.

The Real Estate industry currently is unchanged today versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.2%. Top gainers within the industry include American Capital Agency ( AGNC), up 1.5%, Weyerhaeuser ( WY), up 0.8% and Boston Properties ( BXP), up 0.7%.

TheStreet would like to highlight 4 stocks pushing the industry lower today:

4. Altisource Portfolio Solutions ( ASPS) is one of the companies pushing the Real Estate industry lower today. As of noon trading, Altisource Portfolio Solutions is down $4.80 (-2.9%) to $162.40 on average volume. Thus far, 79,213 shares of Altisource Portfolio Solutions exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 109,200 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $162.15-$167.00 after having opened the day at $166.18 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $167.20.

Altisource Portfolio Solutions S.A., together with its subsidiaries, provides services related to real estate and mortgage portfolio management, asset recovery, and customer relationship management in the United States. Altisource Portfolio Solutions has a market cap of $3.9 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 34.0, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 95.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates Altisource Portfolio Solutions a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Altisource Portfolio Solutions as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, notable return on equity, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations and impressive record of earnings per share growth. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company is trading at a premium valuation based on our review of its current price compared to such things as earnings and book value. Get the full Altisource Portfolio Solutions Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Brookfield Asset Management ( BAM) is down $0.24 (-0.6%) to $38.40 on light volume. Thus far, 185,610 shares of Brookfield Asset Management exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 634,100 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $38.31-$38.63 after having opened the day at $38.61 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $38.64.

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 $24.1 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 5.4% 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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2. As of noon trading, Icahn ( IEP) is down $13.24 (-8.9%) to $135.29 on heavy volume. Thus far, 1.2 million shares of Icahn exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 193,600 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $133.67-$137.42 after having opened the day at $135.00 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $148.53.

Icahn Enterprises L.P. engages in the investment, automotive, gaming, railcar, food packaging, metals, real estate, and home fashion businesses in the United States and internationally. Its Investment segment provides investment advisory, and administrative and back office services. Icahn has a market cap of $16.4 billion and is part of the conglomerates sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 20.0, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 223.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates Icahn a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Icahn as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, solid stock price performance, attractive valuation levels, expanding profit margins and compelling growth in net income. 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 Icahn Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Public Storage ( PSA) is down $0.89 (-0.6%) to $154.31 on average volume. Thus far, 434,771 shares of Public Storage exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 613,900 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $154.12-$155.90 after having opened the day at $155.20 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $155.20.

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 $26.5 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 32.3, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 7.1% 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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If you are interested in one of these 4 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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