3 Stocks Pushing The Real Estate Industry Lower

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 14 points (0.1%) at 16,515 as of Thursday, April 24, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,645 issues advancing vs. 1,332 declining with 182 unchanged.

The Real Estate industry currently sits up 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.3%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include CoStar Group ( CSGP), down 4.3%, Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment ( PEI), down 2.7% and First Industrial Realty ( FR), down 1.7%. Top gainers within the industry include Nationstar Mortgage Holdings ( NSM), up 2.9%, KKR Financial Holdings ( KFN), up 2.7%, SL Green Realty ( SLG), up 2.2%, Icahn ( IEP), up 2.0% and Ocwen Financial ( OCN), up 1.2%.

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

3. Two Harbors Investment ( TWO) is one of the companies pushing the Real Estate industry lower today. As of noon trading, Two Harbors Investment is down $0.12 (-1.2%) to $10.16 on average volume. Thus far, 1.6 million shares of Two Harbors Investment exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $10.15-$10.30 after having opened the day at $10.30 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $10.28.

Two Harbors Investment Corp. operates as a real estate investment trust (REIT) that focuses on investing in, financing, and managing residential mortgage-backed securities (RMBS), residential mortgage loans, mortgage servicing rights, and other financial assets. Two Harbors Investment has a market cap of $3.8 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 10.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate Two Harbors Investment a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Two Harbors Investment as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity and attractive valuation levels. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the stock has had a generally disappointing performance in the past year. Get the full Two Harbors Investment Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Brookfield Office Properties ( BPO) is down $0.16 (-0.8%) to $19.78 on light volume. Thus far, 95,144 shares of Brookfield Office Properties exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $19.74-$20.01 after having opened the day at $19.97 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $19.94.

Brookfield Properties Corporation is a publicly owned real estate investment firm. The firm engages in the ownership, development, and management of premier commercial properties and also invests in core-plus office buildings. Brookfield Office Properties has a market cap of $10.1 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 3.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are no analysts that rate Brookfield Office Properties a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Brookfield Office Properties as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including feeble growth in the company's earnings per share, deteriorating net income and generally higher debt management risk. Get the full Brookfield Office Properties Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Starwood Property ( STWD) is down $0.17 (-0.7%) to $22.99 on average volume. Thus far, 1.1 million shares of Starwood Property exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $22.90-$23.19 after having opened the day at $23.18 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $23.16.

Starwood Property Trust, Inc. originates, acquires, finances, and manages commercial mortgage loans, other commercial real estate debt investments, commercial mortgage-backed securities, and other commercial real estate-related debt investments in the United States and Europe. Starwood Property has a market cap of $4.6 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 16.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Starwood Property a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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