3 Stocks Pushing The Real Estate Industry Lower

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Two out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 12 points (-0.1%) at 16,435 as of Friday, May 16, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,512 issues advancing vs. 1,401 declining with 184 unchanged.

The Real Estate industry currently is unchanged today versus the S&P 500, which is unchanged. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Walter Investment Management ( WAC), down 5.3%, Ocwen Financial ( OCN), down 1.5%, American Realty Capital Properties ( ARCP), down 1.1% and CoStar Group ( CSGP), down 0.9%. Top gainers within the industry include CBL & Associates Properties ( CBL), up 4.1%, Plum Creek Timber ( PCL), up 1.1%, Weyerhaeuser ( WY), up 0.8%, Host Hotels & Resorts ( HST), up 0.7% and Ventas ( VTR), up 0.6%.

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

3. E-House China Holdings ( EJ) is one of the companies pushing the Real Estate industry lower today. As of noon trading, E-House China Holdings is down $0.28 (-3.4%) to $8.10 on light volume. Thus far, 436,956 shares of E-House China Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $7.91-$8.34 after having opened the day at $8.34 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $8.38.

E-House (China) Holdings Limited, through its subsidiaries, operates as a real estate services company primarily in the People's Republic of China. E-House China Holdings has a market cap of $1.2 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 44.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate E-House China Holdings a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates E-House China Holdings as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and solid stock price performance. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company's return on equity has been disappointing. Get the full E-House China Holdings Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Howard Hughes ( HHC) is down $0.85 (-0.6%) to $145.41 on light volume. Thus far, 49,570 shares of Howard Hughes exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 165,400 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $145.22-$146.50 after having opened the day at $146.50 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $146.26.

The Howard Hughes Corporation owns, develops, and manages commercial, residential, and mixed-use real estate properties in the United States. The company operates through three segments: Master Planned Communities, Operating Assets, and Strategic Developments. Howard Hughes has a market cap of $5.8 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 21.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates Howard Hughes a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Howard Hughes as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, good cash flow from operations and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Howard Hughes Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Nationstar Mortgage Holdings ( NSM) is down $1.29 (-4.1%) to $30.40 on average volume. Thus far, 401,381 shares of Nationstar Mortgage Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $30.38-$31.18 after having opened the day at $31.00 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $31.69.

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 $2.9 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 14.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. 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 deteriorating net income and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself. Get the full Nationstar Mortgage Holdings 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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