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 down 17 points (-0.1%) at 16,759 as of Monday, June 16, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,419 issues advancing vs. 1,541 declining with 179 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 Nationstar Mortgage Holdings ( NSM), down 2.0%, Realogy Holdings ( RLGY), down 1.2%, Extra Space Storage ( EXR), down 1.1%, Brookfield Asset Management ( BAM), down 0.7% and Realty Income ( O), down 0.6%. Top gainers within the industry include Altisource Portfolio Solutions ( ASPS), up 7.0%, St Joe ( JOE), up 2.1%, Gazit-Globe ( GZT), up 1.3%, Icahn ( IEP), up 1.1% and Retail Properties of America ( RPAI), up 1.1%.

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

3. Host Hotels & Resorts ( HST) is one of the companies pushing the Real Estate industry lower today. As of noon trading, Host Hotels & Resorts is down $0.19 (-0.9%) to $22.00 on light volume. Thus far, 1.4 million shares of Host Hotels & Resorts exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $21.88-$22.28 after having opened the day at $22.18 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $22.19.

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 $16.9 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 14.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. 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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2. As of noon trading, Northstar Realty Finance ( NRF) is down $0.14 (-0.8%) to $16.51 on light volume. Thus far, 1.4 million shares of Northstar Realty Finance exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $16.39-$16.62 after having opened the day at $16.60 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $16.65.

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 $5.5 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 23.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. 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 robust revenue growth, solid stock price performance and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that net income has been generally deteriorating over time. Get the full Northstar Realty Finance Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, American Tower ( AMT) is down $0.73 (-0.8%) to $87.71 on light volume. Thus far, 454,014 shares of American Tower exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $87.51-$88.76 after having opened the day at $88.69 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $88.44.

American Tower Corporation is a real estate investment trust. It invests in the real estate markets across the globe. The firm through its subsidiaries owns, operates and develops wireless and broadcast communications real estate. American Tower has a market cap of $35.1 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 10.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 14 analysts that rate American Tower a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates American Tower as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, increase in stock price during the past year, increase in net income, good cash flow from operations and growth in earnings per share. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. Get the full American Tower 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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