3 Real Estate Stocks Dragging The Industry Down

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 78 points (0.5%) at 16,438 as of Thursday, March 6, 2014, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,775 issues advancing vs. 1,148 declining with 152 unchanged.

The Real Estate industry currently sits down 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.4%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Sun Communities ( SUI), down 3.6%, Senior Housing Properties ( SNH), down 1.8%, HCP ( HCP), down 1.3%, Brookfield Asset Management ( BAM), down 0.9% and Health Care REIT ( HCN), down 0.9%. Top gainers within the industry include Nationstar Mortgage Holdings ( NSM), up 4.4%, Altisource Portfolio Solutions ( ASPS), up 3.8%, American Tower ( AMT), up 1.4% and Weyerhaeuser ( WY), up 0.9%.

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

3. Kimco Realty ( KIM) is one of the companies pushing the Real Estate industry lower today. As of noon trading, Kimco Realty is down $0.22 (-0.9%) to $22.42 on light volume. Thus far, 728,718 shares of Kimco Realty exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $22.35-$22.65 after having opened the day at $22.61 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $22.63.

Kimco Realty Corporation is an independent real estate investment trust. The firm invests in the real estate markets across North America. It is primarily engaged in acquisitions, development, and management of neighborhood and community shopping centers. Kimco Realty has a market cap of $9.3 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 14.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate Kimco Realty a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Kimco Realty as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its impressive record of earnings per share growth, revenue growth, reasonable valuation levels, 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 Kimco Realty Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Realty Income Corporation ( O) is down $0.63 (-1.4%) to $43.02 on light volume. Thus far, 695,471 shares of Realty Income Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $42.92-$43.78 after having opened the day at $43.62 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $43.65.

Realty Income Corporation is a publicly traded real estate investment trust. It invests in the real estate markets of the United States. The firm makes investments in commercial real estate. Realty Income Corporation was founded in 1969 and is based in Escondido, California. Realty Income Corporation has a market cap of $9.2 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 18.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Realty Income Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Realty Income Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, compelling growth in net income, good cash flow from operations, growth in earnings per share and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. Get the full Realty Income Corporation Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Ventas ( VTR) is down $0.68 (-1.1%) to $62.35 on light volume. Thus far, 502,998 shares of Ventas exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $62.12-$63.14 after having opened the day at $62.99 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $63.03.

Ventas, Inc. is a publicly owned real estate investment trust. The firm engages in investment, management, financing, and leasing of properties in the healthcare industry. It invests in the real estate markets of the United States and Canada. Ventas has a market cap of $18.7 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 11.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Ventas a buy, 3 analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Ventas as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, growth in earnings per share, compelling growth in net income, reasonable valuation levels and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. Get the full Ventas 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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