4 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 56 points (-0.3%) at 15,939 as of Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,598 issues advancing vs. 1,323 declining with 154 unchanged.

The Real Estate industry currently sits down 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.1%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Ventas ( VTR), down 1.2%, Host Hotels & Resorts ( HST), down 0.7%, HCP ( HCP), down 0.7%, American Tower ( AMT), down 0.6% and Public Storage ( PSA), down 0.5%. Top gainers within the industry include CommonWealth REIT ( CWH), up 1.8%, Douglas Emmett ( DEI), up 1.2%, Howard Hughes ( HHC), up 1.2%, Digital Realty ( DLR), up 1.2% and Icahn ( IEP), up 0.9%.

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

4. Retail Properties of America ( RPAI) is one of the companies pushing the Real Estate industry lower today. As of noon trading, Retail Properties of America is down $0.25 (-1.9%) to $13.20 on light volume. Thus far, 518,265 shares of Retail Properties of America exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $13.19-$13.46 after having opened the day at $13.45 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $13.45.

Inland Western Retail Real Estate Trust, Inc. is a real estate investment trust. It engages in acquisition, development and management of properties. The trust invests in the real estate markets of United States. Retail Properties of America has a market cap of $3.2 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 5.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Retail Properties of America a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Retail Properties of America as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its feeble growth in its earnings per share and unimpressive growth in net income. Get the full Retail Properties of America Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Tanger Factory Outlet Centers ( SKT) is down $0.68 (-2.0%) to $33.17 on average volume. Thus far, 364,760 shares of Tanger Factory Outlet Centers exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 742,000 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $32.91-$33.85 after having opened the day at $33.83 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $33.85.

Tanger Factory Outlet Centers, Inc. is a real estate investment trust. The firm invests in the real estate markets in United States. It focuses on developing, acquiring, owning, operating, and managing outlet shopping centers. Tanger Factory Outlet Centers, Inc. Tanger Factory Outlet Centers has a market cap of $3.2 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 5.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate Tanger Factory Outlet Centers a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Tanger Factory Outlet Centers as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the stock has had a generally disappointing performance in the past year. Get the full Tanger Factory Outlet Centers Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Federal Realty Investment ( FRT) is down $1.73 (-1.5%) to $111.53 on average volume. Thus far, 249,443 shares of Federal Realty Investment exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 484,100 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $109.63-$113.81 after having opened the day at $112.12 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $113.26.

Federal Realty Investment Trust operates as a real estate investment trust, which engages in the ownership, management, development, and redevelopment of retail and mixed-use properties. Federal Realty Investment has a market cap of $7.3 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 11.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate Federal Realty Investment a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Federal Realty Investment as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its compelling growth in net income, revenue growth, good cash flow from operations, expanding profit margins and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. Get the full Federal Realty Investment Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Northstar Realty Finance Corporation ( NRF) is down $0.22 (-1.5%) to $14.25 on light volume. Thus far, 704,326 shares of Northstar Realty Finance Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 9.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $14.25-$14.46 after having opened the day at $14.44 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $14.47.

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 $4.5 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 7.5% 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 company's return on equity has been disappointing. 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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