VTR, AMT And ARCP, Pushing Real Estate Industry Downward

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 7 points (0.0%) at 16,563 as of Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,349 issues advancing vs. 1,605 declining with 179 unchanged.

The Real Estate industry currently sits down 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.1%. A company within the industry that fell today was Nationstar Mortgage Holdings ( NSM), up 1.7%.

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 $0.50 (-0.8%) to $63.16 on light volume. Thus far, 751,429 shares of Ventas exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $62.94-$63.90 after having opened the day at $63.68 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $63.66.

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 $18.7 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 11.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. 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 increase in net income, revenue growth, reasonable valuation levels, 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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2. As of noon trading, American Tower ( AMT) is down $1.04 (-1.1%) to $96.99 on average volume. Thus far, 1.0 million shares of American Tower exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $96.88-$97.93 after having opened the day at $97.78 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $98.03.

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 $38.9 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 22.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 13 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, solid stock price performance, 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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1. As of noon trading, American Realty Capital Properties ( ARCP) is down $0.12 (-0.9%) to $12.91 on light volume. Thus far, 3.4 million shares of American Realty Capital Properties exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 16.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $12.88-$13.13 after having opened the day at $13.07 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $13.03.

American Realty Capital Properties, Inc. owns and acquires single tenant, freestanding commercial real estate that is net leased on a medium-term basis, primarily to investment grade credit rated and other creditworthy tenants. The company principally invests in retail and office properties. American Realty Capital Properties has a market cap of $11.8 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 1.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate American Realty Capital Properties a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates American Realty Capital Properties as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, increase in net income and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including poor profit margins and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself. Get the full American Realty Capital Properties 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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