3 Real Estate Stocks Dragging The Industry Down

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 62 points (0.4%) at 17,123 as of Wednesday, July 16, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,670 issues advancing vs. 1,271 declining with 202 unchanged.

The Real Estate industry currently is unchanged today versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.4%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Walter Investment Management ( WAC), down 3.0%, and Howard Hughes ( HHC), down 0.7%. Top gainers within the industry include Brookfield Asset Management ( BAM), up 1.6%, Rayonier ( RYN), up 1.2%, Liberty Property ( LPT), up 0.9% and Vornado Realty ( VNO), up 0.6%.

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

3. Starwood Property ( STWD) is one of the companies pushing the Real Estate industry lower today. As of noon trading, Starwood Property is down $0.14 (-0.6%) to $23.41 on light volume. Thus far, 333,319 shares of Starwood Property exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $23.37-$23.61 after having opened the day at $23.61 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $23.55.

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 $5.2 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 15.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. 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, attractive valuation levels and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. Get the full Starwood Property Ratings Report now.

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