3 Stocks Dragging 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 49 points (0.3%) at 16,344 as of Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2013, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,931 issues advancing vs. 985 declining with 162 unchanged.

The Real Estate industry currently sits up 0.4% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.2%.

TheStreet would like to highlight 3 stocks pushing the industry lower today:

3. Icahn ( IEP) is one of the companies pushing the Real Estate industry lower today. As of noon trading, Icahn is down $0.72 (-0.6%) to $115.72 on light volume. Thus far, 85,784 shares of Icahn exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 336,100 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $115.06-$117.20 after having opened the day at $117.06 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $116.44.

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 $13.1 billion and is part of the conglomerates sector. Shares are up 157.9% 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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2. As of noon trading, General Growth Properties ( GGP) is down $0.11 (-0.5%) to $20.28 on light volume. Thus far, 1.1 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 $20.19-$20.46 after having opened the day at $20.38 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $20.39.

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 $18.6 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 2.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. 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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1. As of noon trading, Annaly Capital Management ( NLY) is down $0.10 (-1.0%) to $10.13 on light volume. Thus far, 3.8 million shares of Annaly Capital Management exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 15.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $10.12-$10.25 after having opened the day at $10.21 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $10.23.

Annaly Capital Management, Inc. owns, manages, and finances a portfolio of real estate related investments in United States. Annaly Capital Management has a market cap of $9.6 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 28.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates Annaly Capital Management a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 11 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Annaly Capital Management as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its notable return on equity, attractive valuation levels and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including unimpressive growth in net income, weak operating cash flow and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself. Get the full Annaly Capital Management Ratings Report now.

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If you are interested in one of these 3 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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