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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3. As of noon trading, Brookfield Asset Management ( BAM) is down $0.24 (-0.6%) to $37.20 on average volume. Thus far, 340,079 shares of Brookfield Asset Management exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 749,700 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $37.13-$37.73 after having opened the day at $37.58 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $37.44.

Brookfield Asset Management Inc. is a publicly owned asset management holding company. Through its subsidiaries the firm invests in the property, power, and infrastructure sectors. Brookfield Asset Management has a market cap of $23.7 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 13.6, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 3.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate Brookfield Asset Management a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Brookfield Asset Management as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its compelling growth in net income, attractive valuation levels, good cash flow from operations, notable return on equity 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 Brookfield Asset Management Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, HCP ( HCP) is down $0.30 (-0.8%) to $38.53 on light volume. Thus far, 900,994 shares of HCP exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $38.52-$38.99 after having opened the day at $38.89 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $38.83.

HCP, Inc. is an independent hybrid real estate investment trust. The fund invests in real estate markets of the United States. HCP has a market cap of $17.9 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 20.2, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 6.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate HCP a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

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

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1. As of noon trading, Annaly Capital Management ( NLY) is down $0.10 (-0.9%) to $10.73 on light volume. Thus far, 5.1 million shares of Annaly Capital Management exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 14.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $10.70-$10.85 after having opened the day at $10.85 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $10.83.

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 $10.2 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 3.2, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 8.6% 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 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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