3 Stocks Dragging In The Real Estate Industry

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 22 points (0.1%) at 17,036 as of Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,316 issues advancing vs. 1,661 declining with 150 unchanged.

The Real Estate industry currently sits down 0.7% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.1%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include UDR ( UDR), down 2.4%, Camden Property ( CPT), down 2.2%, Essex Property ( ESS), down 1.8%, Boston Properties ( BXP), down 1.6% and HCP ( HCP), down 1.4%.

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 $0.30 (-1.3%) to $22.30 on average volume. Thus far, 2.2 million shares of Host Hotels & Resorts exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $22.26-$22.52 after having opened the day at $22.51 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $22.59.

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 $17.2 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 16.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. 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 low profit margins. Get the full Host Hotels & Resorts Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, American Tower ( AMT) is down $0.74 (-0.8%) to $97.82 on average volume. Thus far, 813,465 shares of American Tower exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $97.58-$98.55 after having opened the day at $97.88 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $98.56.

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 $39.4 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 23.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 12 analysts that rate American Tower a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates 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 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 American Tower Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Simon Property Group ( SPG) is down $1.27 (-0.7%) to $171.17 on average volume. Thus far, 599,966 shares of Simon Property Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $170.05-$172.77 after having opened the day at $172.11 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $172.44.

Simon Property Group, Inc. is an equity real estate investment trust. The firm invests in the real estate markets across the globe. It engages in investment, ownership, and management of properties. Simon Property Group has a market cap of $53.6 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 13.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 15 analysts that rate Simon Property Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Simon Property Group as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its compelling growth in net income, revenue growth, notable return on equity, expanding profit margins and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Simon Property Group 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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