3 Stocks Pushing The Real Estate Industry Lower

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Two out of the three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 78 points (0.5%) at 16,105 as of Friday, Feb. 14, 2014, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,755 issues advancing vs. 1,149 declining with 181 unchanged.

The Real Estate industry currently sits up 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.3%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Zillow ( Z), down 6.7%, Nationstar Mortgage Holdings ( NSM), down 3.4% and Ventas ( VTR), down 2.2%. Top gainers within the industry include Corrections Corporation of America ( CXW), up 3.9%, Taubman Centers ( TCO), up 1.4%, General Growth Properties ( GGP), up 1.2%, DDR ( DDR), up 1.1% and Boston Properties ( BXP), up 0.8%.

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

3. 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 $2.48 (-2.0%) to $122.26 on average volume. Thus far, 102,004 shares of Altisource Portfolio Solutions exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 153,500 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $121.33-$126.09 after having opened the day at $124.43 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $124.74.

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 $2.8 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 23.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. 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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2. As of noon trading, Extra Space Storage ( EXR) is down $0.43 (-0.9%) to $46.95 on light volume. Thus far, 198,770 shares of Extra Space Storage exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 861,300 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $46.95-$47.49 after having opened the day at $47.34 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $47.38.

Extra Space Storage, Inc. operates as a real estate investment trust (REIT) in the United States. It engages in property management and development activities that include acquiring, managing, developing, and selling, as well as the rental of self-storage facilities. Extra Space Storage has a market cap of $5.2 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 12.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate Extra Space Storage a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Extra Space Storage as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, good cash flow from operations, increase in stock price during the past year, expanding profit margins 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 Extra Space Storage Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Annaly Capital Management ( NLY) is down $0.13 (-1.2%) to $10.80 on average volume. Thus far, 6.7 million shares of Annaly Capital Management exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 13.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $10.72-$10.85 after having opened the day at $10.75 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $10.93.

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 $10.3 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 9.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. 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 3 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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