KIM, BXP, Z, HST And SPG, Pushing 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 5 points (0.0%) at 16,485 as of Friday, Dec. 27, 2013, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,370 issues advancing vs. 1,569 declining with 149 unchanged.

The Real Estate industry currently sits down 0.3% versus the S&P 500, which is unchanged. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Macerich Company ( MAC), down 1.1%, Realty Income Corporation ( O), down 0.9% and Federal Realty Investment ( FRT), down 0.8%.

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

5. Kimco Realty ( KIM) is one of the companies pushing the Real Estate industry lower today. As of noon trading, Kimco Realty is down $0.21 (-1.0%) to $20.05 on light volume. Thus far, 402,326 shares of Kimco Realty exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $20.03-$20.28 after having opened the day at $20.24 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $20.26.

Kimco Realty Corporation is an independent real estate investment trust. The firm invests in the real estate markets across North America. It is primarily engaged in acquisitions, development, and management of neighborhood and community shopping centers. Kimco Realty has a market cap of $8.2 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 4.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate Kimco Realty a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 12 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Kimco Realty as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, growth in earnings per share, reasonable valuation levels, 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 Kimco Realty Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, Boston Properties ( BXP) is down $1.06 (-1.1%) to $100.04 on light volume. Thus far, 203,563 shares of Boston Properties exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 884,000 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $99.80-$101.50 after having opened the day at $101.07 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $101.10.

Boston Properties, Inc., a real estate investment trust (REIT), together with its subsidiaries, engages in the ownership and development of office properties. Boston Properties has a market cap of $15.8 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 1.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate Boston Properties a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Boston Properties as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, compelling growth in net income, good cash flow from operations, impressive record of earnings per share growth and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Boston Properties Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Zillow ( Z) is down $2.91 (-3.5%) to $80.05 on light volume. Thus far, 294,594 shares of Zillow exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $79.30-$82.94 after having opened the day at $82.74 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $82.96.

Zillow, Inc. engages in the operation of a real estate and home-related information marketplace on mobile and the Web in the United States. Zillow has a market cap of $2.7 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 199.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate Zillow a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Zillow as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity, weak operating cash flow and feeble growth in its earnings per share. Get the full Zillow Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Host Hotels & Resorts ( HST) is down $0.14 (-0.7%) to $19.15 on light volume. Thus far, 873,192 shares of Host Hotels & Resorts exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $19.04-$19.25 after having opened the day at $19.25 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $19.29.

Host Hotels & Resorts, Inc. is a publicly owned real estate investment trust (REIT). The firm primarily engages in the ownership and operation of hotel properties. It invests in the real estate markets of United States. Host Hotels & Resorts has a market cap of $14.7 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 23.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate Host Hotels & Resorts a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Host Hotels & Resorts as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its compelling growth in net income, revenue growth and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company's profit margins have been poor overall. Get the full Host Hotels & Resorts Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Simon Property Group ( SPG) is down $1.45 (-0.9%) to $152.78 on light volume. Thus far, 272,052 shares of Simon Property Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $152.42-$153.64 after having opened the day at $152.81 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $154.23.

Simon Property Group, Inc. is an independent equity real estate investment trust. It engages in investment, ownership, and management of properties. The firm invests in the real estate markets across the globe. Simon Property Group has a market cap of $47.8 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 2.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 17 analysts that rate Simon Property Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Simon Property Group as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, revenue growth, good cash flow from operations, expanding profit margins and growth in earnings per share. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. Get the full Simon Property Group 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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