3 Stocks Pushing 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 119 points (0.7%) at 16,493 as of Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,941 issues advancing vs. 990 declining with 158 unchanged.

The Real Estate industry currently sits up 0.4% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.5%. A company within the industry that fell today was Nationstar Mortgage Holdings ( NSM), up 1.6%. Top gainers within the industry include Extra Space Storage ( EXR), up 1.7%, Liberty Property ( LRY), up 1.6%, Camden Property ( CPT), up 1.6%, UDR ( UDR), up 1.5% and Health Care REIT ( HCN), up 1.2%.

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

3. 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 $0.33 (-2.3%) to $14.09 on light volume. Thus far, 743,032 shares of E-House China Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $13.90-$14.46 after having opened the day at $14.42 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $14.42.

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 $1.9 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 4.4% 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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2. As of noon trading, Realogy Holdings ( RLGY) is down $0.39 (-0.8%) to $47.57 on light volume. Thus far, 283,859 shares of Realogy Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $47.26-$48.17 after having opened the day at $48.06 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $47.96.

Realogy Holdings Corp., through its subsidiaries, provides real estate and relocation services in the United States and internationally. Realogy Holdings has a market cap of $7.0 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 2.7, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 3.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate Realogy Holdings a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Realogy Holdings as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its generally high debt management risk and poor profit margins. Get the full Realogy Holdings Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Northstar Realty Finance Corporation ( NRF) is down $0.21 (-1.5%) to $13.98 on average volume. Thus far, 4.9 million shares of Northstar Realty Finance Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $13.98-$14.22 after having opened the day at $14.17 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $14.19.

NorthStar Realty Finance Corp., a real estate investment trust (REIT), operates as a commercial real estate (CRE) investment and asset management company in the United States. Northstar Realty Finance Corporation has a market cap of $4.2 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 5.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Northstar Realty Finance Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Northstar Realty Finance Corporation as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, solid stock price performance and impressive record of earnings per share growth. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the growth in the company's net income has been quite unimpressive. Get the full Northstar Realty Finance Corporation 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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