5 Stocks Dragging The Real Estate Industry Downward

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Two out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 125 points (-0.8%) at 16,333 as of Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,733 issues advancing vs. 1,234 declining with 157 unchanged.

The Real Estate industry currently sits up 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.1%. Top gainers within the industry include Blackstone Mortgage ( BXMT), up 10.8%, Digital Realty ( DLR), up 1.8%, National Retail Properties ( NNN), up 1.6%, Boston Properties ( BXP), up 0.9% and Federal Realty Investment ( FRT), up 0.9%.

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 $3.12 (-2.1%) to $147.75 on light volume. Thus far, 32,588 shares of Altisource Portfolio Solutions exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 111,000 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $147.29-$150.87 after having opened the day at $150.50 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $150.87.

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 $3.4 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 30.4, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 4.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. 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, CoStar Group ( CSGP) is down $3.43 (-1.9%) to $175.39 on light volume. Thus far, 19,235 shares of CoStar Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 123,300 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $175.37-$180.47 after having opened the day at $180.47 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $178.82.

CoStar Group, Inc. provides information, analytics, and marketing services to the commercial real estate industry in the United States, the United Kingdom, and France. CoStar Group has a market cap of $5.1 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 229.3, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 3.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate CoStar Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates CoStar Group as a buy. 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, compelling growth in net income, expanding profit margins 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 CoStar Group Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Nationstar Mortgage Holdings ( NSM) is down $0.99 (-3.1%) to $31.20 on light volume. Thus far, 473,009 shares of Nationstar Mortgage Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $30.91-$32.34 after having opened the day at $31.77 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $32.19.

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 $2.9 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 8.7, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 12.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Nationstar Mortgage Holdings a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Nationstar Mortgage Holdings as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its weak operating cash flow and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself. Get the full Nationstar Mortgage Holdings Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, DDR ( DDR) is down $0.19 (-1.2%) to $15.38 on average volume. Thus far, 1.9 million shares of DDR exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $15.35-$15.69 after having opened the day at $15.67 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $15.57.

DDR Corp. operates as a real estate investment trust (REIT) in the United States. The company engages in acquiring, developing, redeveloping, owning, leasing, and managing shopping centers, mini-malls, and lifestyle centers. DDR has a market cap of $5.6 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 1.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 14 analysts that rate DDR a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates DDR as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including unimpressive growth in net income, disappointing return on equity and poor profit margins. Get the full DDR Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, CBRE Group ( CBG) is down $0.15 (-0.6%) to $26.35 on light volume. Thus far, 505,602 shares of CBRE Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $26.26-$26.70 after having opened the day at $26.70 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $26.50.

CBRE Group, Inc. operates as a commercial real estate services and investment company. The company's segments include Americas; Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA); Asia Pacific; Global Investment Management; and Development Services. CBRE Group has a market cap of $8.8 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 23.7, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 0.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate CBRE Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates CBRE Group as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full CBRE Group 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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