3 Stocks Underperforming Today In The Real Estate Industry

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 105 points (0.6%) at 16,554 as of Tuesday, April 22, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 2,226 issues advancing vs. 749 declining with 155 unchanged.

The Real Estate industry currently sits up 0.4% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.6%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include CommonWealth REIT ( CWH), down 1.7%, Icahn ( IEP), down 1.3%, Macerich Company ( MAC), down 1.1%, Equity Residential ( EQR), down 0.9% and Regency Centers Corporation ( REG), down 0.8%. Top gainers within the industry include E-House China Holdings ( EJ), up 6.1%, Zillow ( Z), up 2.6%, KKR Financial Holdings ( KFN), up 2.6%, Howard Hughes ( HHC), up 2.0% and Realogy Holdings ( RLGY), up 1.7%.

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

3. Ventas ( VTR) is one of the companies pushing the Real Estate industry lower today. As of noon trading, Ventas is down $0.66 (-1.0%) to $64.34 on light volume. Thus far, 602,625 shares of Ventas exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $63.86-$65.00 after having opened the day at $64.85 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $65.00.

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 $19.2 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 13.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. 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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