LHO, EQR And HCN, 3 Real Estate Stocks Pushing The Industry Lower

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Two out of the three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 14 points (-0.1%) at 17,796 as of Monday, Nov. 24, 2014, 1:00 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,731 issues advancing vs. 1,243 declining with 202 unchanged.

The Real Estate industry currently sits up 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.2%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include E-House China Holdings ( EJ), down 5.4%, Gazit-Globe ( GZT), down 3.0% and Columbia Property ( CXP), down 0.6%. Top gainers within the industry include Dupont Fabros Technology ( DFT), up 1.5%, Alexandria Real Estate Equities ( ARE), up 1.4%, Retail Properties of America Inc Class A ( RPAI), up 1.1%, Taubman Centers ( TCO), up 1.1% and Plum Creek Timber ( PCL), up 0.9%.

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

3. LaSalle Hotel Properties ( LHO) is one of the companies pushing the Real Estate industry lower today. As of noon trading, LaSalle Hotel Properties is down $0.33 (-0.8%) to $38.74 on average volume. Thus far, 581,347 shares of LaSalle Hotel Properties exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 844,200 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $38.65-$38.90 after having opened the day at $38.80 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $39.07.

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LaSalle Hotel Properties, a real estate investment trust (REIT), engages in the purchase, ownership, redevelopment, and leasing of primarily upscale and luxury full-service hotels in convention, resort, and urban business markets in the United States. LaSalle Hotel Properties has a market cap of $4.0 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 26.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate LaSalle Hotel Properties a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates LaSalle Hotel Properties 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 LaSalle Hotel Properties Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Equity Residential ( EQR) is down $0.03 (0.0%) to $70.28 on light volume. Thus far, 634,442 shares of Equity Residential exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $69.86-$70.80 after having opened the day at $70.28 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $70.31.

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Equity Residential, a real estate investment trust (REIT), engages in the acquisition, development, and management of multifamily properties in the United States. Equity Residential has a market cap of $25.2 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 35.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate Equity Residential a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Equity Residential as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, revenue growth, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations and impressive record of earnings per share growth. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Equity Residential Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Health Care REIT ( HCN) is down $0.46 (-0.6%) to $72.26 on light volume. Thus far, 490,805 shares of Health Care REIT exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $72.20-$73.07 after having opened the day at $72.87 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $72.72.

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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 $23.5 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 35.8% 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 solid stock price performance, compelling growth in net income, revenue growth, reasonable valuation levels and good cash flow from operations. 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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