3 Stocks Pulling The Real Estate Industry Downward

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One out of the three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 7 points (0.0%) at 17,032 as of Friday, Aug. 22, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,152 issues advancing vs. 1,771 declining with 181 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 Digital Realty ( DLR), down 1.5%, Liberty Property ( LPT), down 1.2%, Realogy Holdings ( RLGY), down 1.1%, Brookfield Property Partners ( BPY), down 1.1% and Howard Hughes ( HHC), down 0.7%.

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

3. Prologis ( PLD) is one of the companies pushing the Real Estate industry lower today. As of noon trading, Prologis is down $0.22 (-0.5%) to $40.92 on light volume. Thus far, 632,950 shares of Prologis exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $40.57-$41.22 after having opened the day at $41.10 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $41.14.

Prologis Inc. is an independent equity real estate investment trust. It invests in the real estate markets across the globe. The firm engages in the ownership, development, management, and leasing of industrial distribution and retail properties. Prologis has a market cap of $20.7 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 11.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 12 analysts that rate Prologis a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Prologis as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, compelling growth in net income and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company's profit margins have been poor overall. Get the full Prologis Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Annaly Capital Management ( NLY) is down $0.16 (-1.3%) to $11.76 on average volume. Thus far, 4.2 million shares of Annaly Capital Management exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $11.76-$11.94 after having opened the day at $11.90 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $11.92.

Annaly Capital Management, Inc. owns a portfolio of real estate related investments in the United States. Annaly Capital Management has a market cap of $11.2 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 19.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate Annaly Capital Management a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Annaly Capital Management as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its reasonable valuation levels and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself. Get the full Annaly Capital Management Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Public Storage ( PSA) is down $0.88 (-0.5%) to $175.80 on light volume. Thus far, 150,044 shares of Public Storage exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 539,800 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $174.27-$176.49 after having opened the day at $176.45 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $176.68.

Public Storage is an equity real estate investment trust. It engages in the acquisition, development, ownership, and operation of self-storage facilities in the United States and Europe. Public Storage has a market cap of $30.6 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 17.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate Public Storage a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 11 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Public Storage as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its growth in earnings per share, increase in net income, revenue growth, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook. Get the full Public Storage 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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