3 Stocks Pushing The Real Estate Industry Lower

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One out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 24 points (0.1%) at 16,720 as of Tuesday, May 13, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,382 issues advancing vs. 1,595 declining with 161 unchanged.

The Real Estate industry currently sits down 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which is unchanged. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Altisource Portfolio Solutions ( ASPS), down 3.3%, Chesapeake Lodging ( CHSP), down 2.5%, Alexander & Baldwin ( ALEX), down 2.0%, Diamondrock Hospitality ( DRH), down 1.6% and Douglas Emmett ( DEI), down 1.4%. Top gainers within the industry include E-House China Holdings ( EJ), up 2.9%, Parkway Properties ( PKY), up 2.1%, Altisource Residential Corporation ( RESI), up 2.1% and Brookfield Asset Management ( BAM), up 0.7%.

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

3. Boston Properties ( BXP) is one of the companies pushing the Real Estate industry lower today. As of noon trading, Boston Properties is down $0.68 (-0.6%) to $119.11 on average volume. Thus far, 295,001 shares of Boston Properties exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 782,100 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $118.95-$120.54 after having opened the day at $120.00 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $119.79.

Boston Properties, Inc., a real estate investment trust (REIT), together with its subsidiaries, engages in the ownership and development of office properties. Boston Properties has a market cap of $18.3 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 19.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate Boston Properties a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Boston Properties as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, compelling growth in net income, notable return on equity, increase in stock price during the past year and impressive record of earnings per share growth. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Boston Properties Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Northstar Realty Finance ( NRF) is down $0.33 (-2.1%) to $15.52 on heavy volume. Thus far, 25.2 million shares of Northstar Realty Finance exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 8.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $15.46-$15.70 after having opened the day at $15.48 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $15.85.

NorthStar Realty Finance Corp., a real estate investment trust (REIT), operates as a commercial real estate (CRE) investment and asset management company in the United States. Northstar Realty Finance has a market cap of $5.1 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 17.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate Northstar Realty Finance a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Northstar Realty Finance as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth and compelling growth in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company's return on equity has been disappointing. Get the full Northstar Realty Finance Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Host Hotels & Resorts ( HST) is down $0.19 (-0.9%) to $21.52 on light volume. Thus far, 1.5 million shares of Host Hotels & Resorts exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $21.48-$21.79 after having opened the day at $21.69 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $21.71.

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 $16.2 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 11.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate Host Hotels & Resorts a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 9 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 solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, revenue growth and reasonable valuation levels. 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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