3 Stocks Pushing The Real Estate Industry Lower

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Two out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 67 points (-0.4%) at 17,031 as of Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,211 issues advancing vs. 1,801 declining with 159 unchanged.

The Real Estate industry currently sits up 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.3%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Alto Palermo ( APSA), down 6.0%, Select Income REIT ( SIR), down 5.5% and Nationstar Mortgage Holdings ( NSM), down 2.7%. Top gainers within the industry include China HGS Real Estate ( HGSH), up 17.5%, Texas Pacific Land ( TPL), up 4.2%, Brookfield Residential Properties ( BRP), up 2.6%, Gazit-Globe ( GZT), up 2.6% and LaSalle Hotel Properties ( LHO), up 1.3%.

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

3. Annaly Capital Management ( NLY) is one of the companies pushing the Real Estate industry lower today. As of noon trading, Annaly Capital Management is down $0.08 (-0.6%) to $11.82 on light volume. Thus far, 2.5 million shares of Annaly Capital Management exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $11.82-$11.92 after having opened the day at $11.90 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $11.90.

Annaly Capital Management, Inc. owns a portfolio of real estate related investments in the United States. Annaly Capital Management has a market cap of $11.3 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 19.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. 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, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and feeble growth in the company's earnings per share. Get the full Annaly Capital Management Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Ventas ( VTR) is down $0.37 (-0.6%) to $65.41 on light volume. Thus far, 475,749 shares of Ventas exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $65.26-$65.89 after having opened the day at $65.81 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $65.78.

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 $19.4 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 14.8% 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 increase in net income, revenue growth, reasonable valuation levels, growth in earnings per share and good cash flow from operations. 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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1. As of noon trading, Health Care REIT ( HCN) is down $0.37 (-0.6%) to $67.21 on light volume. Thus far, 675,706 shares of Health Care REIT exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $67.00-$67.87 after having opened the day at $67.83 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $67.58.

Health Care REIT, Inc. is an independent equity real estate investment trust. The firm engages in acquiring, planning, developing, managing, repositioning and monetizing of real estate assets. It primarily invests in the real estate markets of the United States. Health Care REIT has a market cap of $20.9 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 26.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Health Care REIT a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Health Care REIT as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, reasonable valuation levels, good cash flow from operations, increase in net income and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Health Care REIT 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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