3 Stocks Underperforming Today In The Real Estate Industry

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 202 points (-1.2%) at 16,120 as of Monday, March 3, 2014, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 729 issues advancing vs. 2,228 declining with 140 unchanged.

The Real Estate industry currently sits down 0.6% versus the S&P 500, which is down 1.0%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Diamondrock Hospitality Company ( DRH), down 2.8%, Gazit-Globe ( GZT), down 2.6%, Zillow ( Z), down 2.6%, Brookfield Residential Properties ( BRP), down 2.1% and Extra Space Storage ( EXR), down 1.5%. Top gainers within the industry include American Capital Agency ( AGNC), up 1.4%, Invesco Mortgage Capital ( IVR), up 1.2% and W. P. Carey ( WPC), up 1.1%.

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

3. Health Care REIT ( HCN) is one of the companies pushing the Real Estate industry lower today. As of noon trading, Health Care REIT is down $0.33 (-0.6%) to $58.41 on light volume. Thus far, 503,256 shares of Health Care REIT exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $58.17-$58.92 after having opened the day at $58.49 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $58.74.

Health Care REIT, Inc. is an independent equity real estate investment trust. The firm engages in acquiring, planning, developing, managing, repositioning and monetizing of real estate assets. It primarily invests in the real estate markets of the United States. Health Care REIT has a market cap of $16.9 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 9.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Health Care REIT a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Health Care REIT as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, deteriorating net income and disappointing return on equity. Get the full Health Care REIT Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Public Storage ( PSA) is down $0.94 (-0.6%) to $168.06 on average volume. Thus far, 313,525 shares of Public Storage exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 732,600 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $166.97-$168.93 after having opened the day at $168.21 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $169.00.

Public Storage operates as a real estate investment trust (REIT). It engages in the acquisition, development, ownership, and operation of self-storage facilities in the United States and Europe. Public Storage has a market cap of $28.7 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 12.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Public Storage a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 11 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Public Storage as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth, good cash flow from operations, expanding profit margins and increase in stock price during the past year. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook. Get the full Public Storage Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Host Hotels & Resorts ( HST) is down $0.18 (-0.9%) to $19.49 on light volume. Thus far, 2.1 million shares of Host Hotels & Resorts exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $19.28-$19.56 after having opened the day at $19.54 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $19.67.

Host Hotels & Resorts, Inc. is a publicly owned real estate investment trust (REIT). The firm primarily engages in the ownership and operation of hotel properties. It invests in the real estate markets of United States. Host Hotels & Resorts has a market cap of $14.8 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 1.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate Host Hotels & Resorts a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Host Hotels & Resorts as a buy. 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, reasonable valuation levels, increase in stock price during the past year and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Host Hotels & Resorts 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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