NLY, PSA And HST, 3 Real Estate Stocks Pushing The Industry Lower

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 17 points (-0.1%) at 16,556 as of Thursday, April 3, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,086 issues advancing vs. 1,855 declining with 176 unchanged.

The Real Estate industry currently sits down 0.7% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.3%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include E-House China Holdings ( EJ), down 2.9%, Essex Property ( ESS), down 2.4%, Realogy Holdings ( RLGY), down 2.5%, American Realty Capital Properties ( ARCP), down 1.6% and CBRE Group ( CBG), down 1.3%.

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

3. Annaly Capital Management ( NLY) is one of the companies pushing the Real Estate industry lower today. As of noon trading, Annaly Capital Management is down $0.07 (-0.6%) to $10.85 on average volume. Thus far, 5.9 million shares of Annaly Capital Management exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 11.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $10.78-$10.92 after having opened the day at $10.91 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $10.92.

Annaly Capital Management, Inc. owns a portfolio of real estate related investments in the United States. Annaly Capital Management has a market cap of $10.4 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 9.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates Annaly Capital Management a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 11 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Annaly Capital Management as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its compelling growth in net income, notable return on equity and attractive valuation levels. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including weak operating cash flow and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself. Get the full Annaly Capital Management Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Public Storage ( PSA) is down $1.06 (-0.6%) to $168.89 on light volume. Thus far, 126,523 shares of Public Storage exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 742,800 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $168.58-$169.84 after having opened the day at $169.84 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $169.95.

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 $29.2 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 12.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate Public Storage a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 10 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 the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. Get the full Public Storage Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Host Hotels & Resorts ( HST) is down $0.09 (-0.4%) to $20.57 on light volume. Thus far, 1.8 million shares of Host Hotels & Resorts exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $20.55-$20.79 after having opened the day at $20.68 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $20.66.

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 $15.6 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 6.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. 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 increase in stock price during the past year, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, reasonable valuation levels and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. 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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