5 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 27 points (-0.2%) at 15,858 as of Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 997 issues advancing vs. 1,953 declining with 153 unchanged.

The Real Estate industry currently sits up 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.5%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Icahn ( IEP), down 1.7%, and CoStar Group ( CSGP), down 1.5%. Top gainers within the industry include KKR Financial Holdings ( KFN), up 27.5%, Liberty Property ( LRY), up 1.8%, Digital Realty ( DLR), up 1.6% and Alexandria Real Estate Equities ( ARE), up 1.6%.

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

5. Rayonier ( RYN) is one of the companies pushing the Real Estate industry lower today. As of noon trading, Rayonier is down $1.37 (-3.3%) to $40.53 on heavy volume. Thus far, 2.1 million shares of Rayonier exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $39.49-$40.81 after having opened the day at $40.44 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $41.90.

Rayonier, Inc. engages in the sale and development of real estate and timberland management, as well as in the production and sale of cellulose fibers in the United States, New Zealand, and Australia. Rayonier has a market cap of $5.3 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 16.8, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 18.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate Rayonier a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Rayonier as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its notable return on equity and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Rayonier Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, AvalonBay Communities ( AVB) is down $1.08 (-0.9%) to $117.96 on average volume. Thus far, 267,944 shares of AvalonBay Communities exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 706,100 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $117.67-$119.24 after having opened the day at $118.81 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $119.04.

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 $15.4 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 229.3, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 12.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 6 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 and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, deteriorating net income and disappointing return on equity. Get the full AvalonBay Communities Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Public Storage ( PSA) is down $2.23 (-1.5%) to $148.78 on average volume. Thus far, 312,285 shares of Public Storage exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 651,900 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $148.25-$150.13 after having opened the day at $149.84 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $151.01.

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 $25.7 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 31.4, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 3.2% 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 the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. Get the full Public Storage Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Equity Residential ( EQR) is down $0.48 (-0.9%) to $51.43 on light volume. Thus far, 717,306 shares of Equity Residential exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $51.38-$51.89 after having opened the day at $51.75 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $51.91.

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 $18.8 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 401.6, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 7.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Equity Residential a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Equity Residential as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its disappointing return on equity, poor profit margins and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself. Get the full Equity Residential Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Weyerhaeuser ( WY) is down $0.56 (-1.9%) to $30.04 on average volume. Thus far, 2.0 million shares of Weyerhaeuser exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $30.01-$30.53 after having opened the day at $30.46 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $30.61.

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 $17.5 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 26.3, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 7.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 7 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, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, 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 Weyerhaeuser 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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