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 38 points (0.2%) at 16,236 as of Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,761 issues advancing vs. 1,149 declining with 174 unchanged.

The Real Estate industry currently sits down 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.2%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Texas Pacific Land ( TPL), down 5.3%, General Growth Properties ( GGP), down 1.2%, Weyerhaeuser ( WY), down 1.1%, Host Hotels & Resorts ( HST), down 0.6% and Boston Properties ( BXP), down 0.5%. Top gainers within the industry include Realogy Holdings ( RLGY), up 3.1%, Senior Housing Properties ( SNH), up 1.3%, CoStar Group ( CSGP), up 0.7%, Brookfield Asset Management ( BAM), up 0.7% and American Tower ( AMT), up 0.7%.

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

3. RLJ Lodging ( RLJ) is one of the companies pushing the Real Estate industry lower today. As of noon trading, RLJ Lodging is down $0.34 (-1.3%) to $25.65 on light volume. Thus far, 193,523 shares of RLJ Lodging exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 623,600 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $25.54-$26.09 after having opened the day at $26.05 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $25.99.

RLJ Lodging Trust is an independent equity real estate investment trust. The firm also manages real estate funds. It invests in the real estate markets of the United States. The firm primarily invests in premium-branded, focused service, and compact full-service hotels. RLJ Lodging has a market cap of $3.2 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 6.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate RLJ Lodging a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates RLJ Lodging as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and reasonable valuation levels. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full RLJ Lodging Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Walter Investment Management ( WAC) is down $2.55 (-9.0%) to $25.73 on heavy volume. Thus far, 4.7 million shares of Walter Investment Management exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 650,300 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $24.11-$26.43 after having opened the day at $26.06 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $28.28.

Walter Investment Management Corp., together with its subsidiaries, provides business services to the residential mortgage industry in the United States. Walter Investment Management has a market cap of $1.1 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 20.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate Walter Investment Management a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Walter Investment Management as a sell. Among the areas we feel are negative, one of the most important has been a generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself. Get the full Walter Investment Management Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Altisource Portfolio Solutions ( ASPS) is down $2.76 (-2.7%) to $98.24 on heavy volume. Thus far, 325,557 shares of Altisource Portfolio Solutions exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 212,200 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $96.50-$100.87 after having opened the day at $99.89 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $101.00.

Altisource Portfolio Solutions S.A. operates as a marketplace and transaction solutions provider for the real estate, mortgage, and consumer debt industries in the United States. Altisource Portfolio Solutions has a market cap of $2.6 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 26.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. 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, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and good cash flow from operations. 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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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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