5 Stocks Pushing The Real Estate Industry Downward

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One out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 22 points (0.1%) at 15,897 as of Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,497 issues advancing vs. 1,411 declining with 169 unchanged.

The Real Estate industry currently sits up 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is unchanged. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include American Capital Agency ( AGNC), down 1.8%, and Annaly Capital Management ( NLY), down 1.0%.

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

5. E-House China Holdings ( EJ) is one of the companies pushing the Real Estate industry lower today. As of noon trading, E-House China Holdings is down $0.66 (-4.8%) to $13.02 on average volume. Thus far, 1.5 million shares of E-House China Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $12.83-$13.90 after having opened the day at $13.87 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $13.68.

E-House (China) Holdings Limited, through its subsidiaries, operates as a real estate services company in China. E-House China Holdings has a market cap of $1.8 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 223.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate E-House China Holdings a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates E-House China Holdings as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and impressive record of earnings per share growth. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company's return on equity has been disappointing. Get the full E-House China Holdings Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, UDR ( UDR) is down $0.20 (-0.9%) to $23.16 on light volume. Thus far, 406,275 shares of UDR exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $23.16-$23.38 after having opened the day at $23.38 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $23.37.

UDR, Inc. is an independent real estate investment trust. The firm invests in the real estate markets of the United States. It owns, operates, acquires, renovates, develops, redevelops, and manages multifamily apartment communities. UDR has a market cap of $5.9 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 1.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate UDR a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates UDR as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its impressive record of earnings per share growth, increase in net income and revenue growth. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including weak operating cash flow and poor profit margins. Get the full UDR Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Icahn ( IEP) is down $3.57 (-3.0%) to $117.44 on average volume. Thus far, 186,101 shares of Icahn exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 334,500 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $116.75-$121.11 after having opened the day at $120.14 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $121.01.

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 $14.0 billion and is part of the conglomerates sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 16.9, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 174.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. 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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2. As of noon trading, HCP ( HCP) is down $0.20 (-0.6%) to $36.12 on average volume. Thus far, 1.3 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 $36.06-$36.46 after having opened the day at $36.46 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $36.32.

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 $16.5 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 18.6, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 20.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate HCP a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 10 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, growth in earnings per share, compelling growth in net income, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. Get the full HCP Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, General Growth Properties ( GGP) is down $0.10 (-0.5%) to $20.14 on light volume. Thus far, 1.7 million shares of General Growth Properties exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $20.08-$20.29 after having opened the day at $20.20 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $20.25.

General Growth Properties, Inc is an equity real estate investment trust. The firm invests in the real estate markets of the United States. It engages in owning, managing, leasing, and redeveloping high-quality regional malls. General Growth Properties has a market cap of $18.4 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 134.7, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 1.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate General Growth Properties a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates General Growth Properties as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its compelling growth in net income, good cash flow from operations and impressive record of earnings per share growth. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including poor profit margins and relatively poor performance when compared with the S&P 500 during the past year. Get the full General Growth Properties 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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