3 Stocks Dragging The Real Estate Industry Downward

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 31 points (0.2%) at 16,439 as of Monday, April 21, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,695 issues advancing vs. 1,308 declining with 151 unchanged.

The Real Estate industry currently is unchanged today versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.2%. Top gainers within the industry include CoStar Group ( CSGP), up 3.1%, Rayonier ( RYN), up 1.4%, Senior Housing Properties ( SNH), up 1.1% and Icahn ( IEP), up 0.5%.

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

3. Altisource Portfolio Solutions ( ASPS) is one of the companies pushing the Real Estate industry lower today. As of noon trading, Altisource Portfolio Solutions is down $1.15 (-1.0%) to $115.88 on light volume. Thus far, 99,085 shares of Altisource Portfolio Solutions exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 318,900 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $114.78-$117.42 after having opened the day at $116.05 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $117.03.

Altisource Portfolio Solutions S.A. operates as a marketplace and transaction solutions provider for the real estate, mortgage, and consumer debt industries in the United States. Altisource Portfolio Solutions has a market cap of $2.6 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 26.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates Altisource Portfolio Solutions a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Altisource Portfolio Solutions as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, notable return on equity, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated. Get the full Altisource Portfolio Solutions Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Macerich Company ( MAC) is down $0.71 (-1.1%) to $64.87 on heavy volume. Thus far, 833,835 shares of Macerich Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 819,800 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $64.61-$65.61 after having opened the day at $65.42 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $65.58.

The Macerich Company is an independent real estate investment trust. The firm invests in the real estate markets of the United States. Macerich Company has a market cap of $9.2 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 11.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Macerich Company a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Macerich Company as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, reasonable valuation levels and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat weak growth in earnings per share. Get the full Macerich Company Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, CBRE Group ( CBG) is down $0.27 (-1.0%) to $26.69 on light volume. Thus far, 448,255 shares of CBRE Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $26.45-$27.02 after having opened the day at $26.88 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $26.96.

CBRE Group, Inc. operates as a commercial real estate services and investment company worldwide. The company operates through Americas; Europe, Middle East and Africa; Asia Pacific; Global Investment Management; and Development Services segments. CBRE Group has a market cap of $9.0 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 2.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate CBRE Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates CBRE Group as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, good cash flow from operations, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, increase in stock price during the past year 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 CBRE Group 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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