5 Stocks Pulling The Real Estate Industry Downward

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 87 points (0.5%) at 16,266 as of Friday, Dec. 20, 2013, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 2,274 issues advancing vs. 691 declining with 120 unchanged.

The Real Estate industry currently sits up 0.7% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.6%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include SL Green Realty Corporation ( SLG), down 1.3%, Essex Property ( ESS), down 1.2%, Realty Income Corporation ( O), down 0.9% and Icahn ( IEP), down 0.5%. Top gainers within the industry include Brookfield Residential Properties ( BRP), up 4.3%, Chimera Investment Corporation ( CIM), up 2.2%, Annaly Capital Management ( NLY), up 2.2%, American Capital Agency ( AGNC), up 1.2% and Rayonier ( RYN), up 1.1%.

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

5. 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 $2.40 (-1.5%) to $157.00 on light volume. Thus far, 5,335 shares of Altisource Portfolio Solutions exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 106,100 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $156.99-$159.11 after having opened the day at $159.11 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $159.40.

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 $3.7 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 32.2, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 84.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. 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 has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated. Get the full Altisource Portfolio Solutions Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, Walter Investment Management ( WAC) is down $1.24 (-3.3%) to $36.02 on average volume. Thus far, 309,463 shares of Walter Investment Management exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 527,000 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $35.94-$37.34 after having opened the day at $37.34 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $37.26.

Walter Investment Management Corp., together with its subsidiaries, provides business services to the residential mortgage industry in the United States. Walter Investment Management has a market cap of $1.4 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 7.4, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 13.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate Walter Investment Management a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Walter Investment Management as a sell. Among the areas we feel are negative, one of the most important has been a generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself. Get the full Walter Investment Management Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Apartment Investment & Management ( AIV) is down $0.31 (-1.2%) to $25.39 on average volume. Thus far, 425,333 shares of Apartment Investment & Management exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $25.34-$25.74 after having opened the day at $25.71 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $25.70.

Apartment Investment and Management Company (AIMCO) is a real estate investment manager. The firm engages in the acquisition, ownership, management, and redevelopment of apartment properties. It invests in real estate markets of United States. The firm primarily invests in apartment properties. Apartment Investment & Management has a market cap of $3.8 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 372.3, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 5.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate Apartment Investment & Management a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Apartment Investment & Management as a hold. 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 and revenue growth. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including weak operating cash flow, a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself and poor profit margins. Get the full Apartment Investment & Management Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Nationstar Mortgage Holdings ( NSM) is down $0.59 (-1.5%) to $39.11 on light volume. Thus far, 307,659 shares of Nationstar Mortgage Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $38.97-$40.41 after having opened the day at $40.03 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $39.70.

Nationstar Mortgage Holdings Inc. operates as a residential mortgage loan servicer in the United States. It operates in two segments, Servicing and Originations. Nationstar Mortgage Holdings has a market cap of $3.7 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 11.2, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 28.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Nationstar Mortgage Holdings a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Nationstar Mortgage Holdings as a sell. Among the areas we feel are negative, one of the most important has been weak operating cash flow. Get the full Nationstar Mortgage Holdings Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, BRE Properties ( BRE) is down $0.44 (-0.8%) to $53.67 on heavy volume. Thus far, 781,281 shares of BRE Properties exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 925,600 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $53.46-$54.20 after having opened the day at $54.06 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $54.11.

BRE Properties Inc. is an independent real estate investment trust. The firm invests in the real estate markets of the United States. It focuses on the development, acquisition, and management of multifamily apartment communities. BRE Properties Inc. BRE Properties has a market cap of $4.3 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 25.8, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 6.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates BRE Properties a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates BRE Properties 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, increase in stock price during the past year and good cash flow from operations. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. Get the full BRE 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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