4 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 80 points (0.5%) at 15,453 as of Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 2,024 issues advancing vs. 894 declining with 170 unchanged.

The Real Estate industry currently sits up 0.4% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.7%. Top gainers within the industry include Duke Realty ( DRE), up 2.5%, Kilroy Realty Corporation ( KRC), up 2.4%, Howard Hughes ( HHC), up 2.3%, Icahn ( IEP), up 2.1% and Digital Realty ( DLR), up 2.0%.

TheStreet would like to highlight 4 stocks pushing the industry lower today:

4. Post Properties ( PPS) is one of the companies pushing the Real Estate industry lower today. As of noon trading, Post Properties is down $1.22 (-2.6%) to $45.16 on heavy volume. Thus far, 939,274 shares of Post Properties exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 495,700 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $44.05-$45.71 after having opened the day at $44.07 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $46.39.

Post Properties, Inc. is an independent real estate investment trust. The firm invests in the real estate markets of the United States. It primarily develops, owns, and manages multi-family apartment communities. Post Properties, Inc. was founded in 1971 and is based in Atlanta, Georgia. Post Properties has a market cap of $2.5 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 31.3, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 2.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Post Properties a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Post Properties as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, reasonable valuation levels, good cash flow from operations and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Post Properties Ratings Report now.

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