NSM, VTR And OCN, 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 118 points (0.7%) at 16,381 as of Wednesday, April 16, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 2,313 issues advancing vs. 673 declining with 149 unchanged.

The Real Estate industry currently sits up 0.6% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.7%. Top gainers within the industry include Icahn ( IEP), up 7.8%, Northstar Realty Finance Corporation ( NRF), up 2.0%, Host Hotels & Resorts ( HST), up 1.9%, Vornado Realty ( VNO), up 0.8% and Simon Property Group ( SPG), up 0.6%.

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 $1.13 (-3.4%) to $32.57 on average volume. Thus far, 553,936 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 $32.46-$35.52 after having opened the day at $33.95 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $33.70.

Nationstar Mortgage Holdings Inc. provides residential mortgage loan services in the United States. The company operates in two segments, Servicing and Originations. Nationstar Mortgage Holdings has a market cap of $3.0 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 8.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. 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 unimpressive growth in net income, poor profit margins and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself. Get the full Nationstar Mortgage Holdings Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Ventas ( VTR) is down $0.62 (-0.9%) to $65.38 on average volume. Thus far, 736,115 shares of Ventas exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $65.23-$66.16 after having opened the day at $66.12 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $66.00.

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 $18.9 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 15.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. 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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1. As of noon trading, Ocwen Financial Corporation ( OCN) is down $0.40 (-1.0%) to $39.62 on light volume. Thus far, 860,116 shares of Ocwen Financial Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $39.38-$40.44 after having opened the day at $40.37 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $40.02.

Ocwen Financial Corporation, through its subsidiaries, is engaged in the servicing and origination of mortgage loans in the United States and internationally. Ocwen Financial Corporation has a market cap of $5.4 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 27.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Ocwen Financial Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Ocwen Financial Corporation as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, notable return on equity and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including weak operating cash flow and relatively poor performance when compared with the S&P 500 during the past year. Get the full Ocwen Financial Corporation 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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