NSM, PCL And AGNC, 3 Real Estate Stocks Pushing The Industry Lower

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 115 points (0.7%) at 16,388 as of Friday, Feb. 28, 2014, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,987 issues advancing vs. 938 declining with 158 unchanged.

The Real Estate industry currently sits up 0.4% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.6%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Zillow ( Z), down 2.0%, Altisource Portfolio Solutions ( ASPS), down 1.9%, General Growth Properties ( GGP), down 0.6% and Ventas ( VTR), down 0.5%. Top gainers within the industry include St. Joe Corporation ( JOE), up 6.6%, CommonWealth REIT ( CWH), up 2.1%, Public Storage ( PSA), up 1.0%, Host Hotels & Resorts ( HST), up 0.9% and Boston Properties ( BXP), up 0.7%.

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

3. Nationstar Mortgage Holdings ( NSM) is one of the companies pushing the Real Estate industry lower today. As of noon trading, Nationstar Mortgage Holdings is down $0.87 (-3.0%) to $28.67 on average volume. Thus far, 805,474 shares of Nationstar Mortgage Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $28.58-$30.40 after having opened the day at $29.80 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $29.54.

Nationstar Mortgage Holdings Inc. operates as a residential mortgage loan servicer in the United States. It operates in two segments, Servicing and Originations. Nationstar Mortgage Holdings has a market cap of $2.6 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 20.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate Nationstar Mortgage Holdings a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Nationstar Mortgage Holdings as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself and weak operating cash flow. Get the full Nationstar Mortgage Holdings Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Plum Creek Timber ( PCL) is down $0.35 (-0.8%) to $42.96 on light volume. Thus far, 320,670 shares of Plum Creek Timber exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $42.89-$43.48 after having opened the day at $43.41 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $43.31.

Plum Creek Timber Company, Inc. is a publicly owned real estate investment trust (REIT). The trust owns and manages timberlands in the United States. Its products include lumber products, plywood, medium density fiberboard, and related by-products, such as wood chips. Plum Creek Timber has a market cap of $7.7 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are down 6.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Plum Creek Timber a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Plum Creek Timber as a hold. Among the primary strengths of the company is its expanding profit margins over time. At the same time, however, we also find weaknesses including unimpressive growth in net income, disappointing return on equity and weak operating cash flow. Get the full Plum Creek Timber Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, American Capital Agency ( AGNC) is down $0.11 (-0.5%) to $22.27 on light volume. Thus far, 1.9 million shares of American Capital Agency exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $22.23-$22.47 after having opened the day at $22.41 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $22.38.

American Capital Agency Corp. operates as a real estate investment trust (REIT). American Capital Agency has a market cap of $8.4 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 16.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate American Capital Agency a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates American Capital Agency as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its notable return on equity and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including feeble growth in the company's earnings per share, deteriorating net income and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself. Get the full American Capital Agency 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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