3 Stocks Dragging In The Real Estate Industry

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One out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 16 points (0.1%) at 16,733 as of Monday, June 2, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,394 issues advancing vs. 1,564 declining with 187 unchanged.

The Real Estate industry currently is unchanged today versus the S&P 500, which is unchanged. A company within the industry that fell today was Icahn ( IEP), up 3.7%. A company within the industry that increased today was General Growth Properties ( GGP), up 0.6%.

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 $2.35 (-3.5%) to $64.45 on heavy volume. Thus far, 3.9 million shares of Ventas exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $64.08-$65.91 after having opened the day at $64.42 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $66.80.

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 $19.6 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 16.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. 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, reasonable valuation levels, increase in net income, good cash flow from operations and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Ventas Ratings Report now.

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