3 Stocks Pushing 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 72 points (0.4%) at 16,112 as of Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,810 issues advancing vs. 1,095 declining with 165 unchanged.

The Real Estate industry currently sits up 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.3%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Altisource Portfolio Solutions ( ASPS), down 4.3%, Nationstar Mortgage Holdings ( NSM), down 3.6%, Zillow ( Z), down 3.3%, CoStar Group ( CSGP), down 2.7% and Equity One ( EQY), down 1.5%. Top gainers within the industry include RLJ Lodging ( RLJ), up 1.1%, Host Hotels & Resorts ( HST), up 0.9%, National Retail Properties ( NNN), up 0.8% and Realty Income Corporation ( O), up 0.8%.

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

3. CBL & Associates Properties ( CBL) is one of the companies pushing the Real Estate industry lower today. As of noon trading, CBL & Associates Properties is down $0.39 (-2.1%) to $18.05 on average volume. Thus far, 920,375 shares of CBL & Associates Properties exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $17.95-$18.49 after having opened the day at $18.44 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $18.44.

CBL & Associates Properties, Inc. is a public real estate investment trust. It engages in acquisition, development, and management of properties. The fund invests in the real estate markets of United States. Its portfolio consists of enclosed malls and open-air centers. CBL & Associates Properties has a market cap of $2.9 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 4.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate CBL & Associates Properties a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates CBL & Associates Properties as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity, poor profit margins, generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself and feeble growth in its earnings per share. Get the full CBL & Associates Properties Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Apartment Investment & Management ( AIV) is down $0.31 (-1.0%) to $29.45 on light volume. Thus far, 555,414 shares of Apartment Investment & Management exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $29.37-$29.89 after having opened the day at $29.72 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $29.76.

Apartment Investment and Management Company is a real estate investment trust. The firm engages in the acquisition, ownership, management, and redevelopment of apartment properties. It invests in real estate markets of United States. The firm primarily invests in apartment properties. Apartment Investment & Management has a market cap of $4.3 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 14.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate Apartment Investment & Management a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Apartment Investment & Management as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and revenue growth. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the stock has experienced relatively poor performance when compared with the S&P 500 during the past year. Get the full Apartment Investment & Management Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Federal Realty Investment ( FRT) is down $0.70 (-0.6%) to $110.50 on light volume. Thus far, 124,561 shares of Federal Realty Investment exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 502,700 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $110.30-$112.22 after having opened the day at $111.39 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $111.20.

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 $7.5 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 10.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. 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 revenue growth, expanding profit margins and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Federal Realty Investment 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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