3 Stocks Pulling The Real Estate Industry Downward

All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 232 points (-1.3%) at 17,343 as of Friday, Dec. 11, 2015, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 517 issues advancing vs. 2,466 declining with 119 unchanged.

The Real Estate industry currently sits down 0.9% versus the S&P 500, which is down 1.4%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include United Development Funding IV ( UDF), down 34.0%, LendingTree ( TREE), down 6.4%, Hilltop Holdings ( HTH), down 5.0%, New Residential Investment ( NRZ), down 2.8% and CoStar Group ( CSGP), down 1.9%. Top gainers within the industry include Hospitality Properties ( HPT), up 1.7%, Mid-America Apartment Communities ( MAA), up 1.1%, Digital Realty ( DLR), up 0.8% and Brixmor Property Group ( BRX), up 0.7%.

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

3. Plum Creek Timber ( PCL) is one of the companies pushing the Real Estate industry lower today. As of noon trading, Plum Creek Timber is down $0.36 (-0.7%) to $48.27 on light volume. Thus far, 325,247 shares of Plum Creek Timber exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $48.01-$48.57 after having opened the day at $48.18 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $48.63.

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Plum Creek Timber Company, Inc. is a publicly owned real estate investment trust (REIT). The trust owns and manages timberlands in the United States. Its products include lumber products, plywood, medium density fiberboard, and related by-products, such as wood chips. Plum Creek Timber has a market cap of $8.5 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are up 13.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate Plum Creek Timber a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Plum Creek Timber as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, solid stock price performance, compelling growth in net income and good cash flow from operations. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. Get the full Plum Creek Timber Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Weyerhaeuser ( WY) is down $0.21 (-0.7%) to $30.72 on light volume. Thus far, 860,891 shares of Weyerhaeuser exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $30.53-$30.92 after having opened the day at $30.64 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $30.93.

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Weyerhaeuser Co. is a real estate investment trust. It primarily invests in United States. The firm operates under four business segments, timberlands, wood products, cellulose fibers and real estate. It owns timberlands primarily in the U.S and has long-term licenses in Canada. Weyerhaeuser has a market cap of $15.9 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are down 13.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate Weyerhaeuser a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Weyerhaeuser as a buy. Among the primary strengths of the company is its respectable return on equity which we feel is likely to continue. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Weyerhaeuser Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Host Hotels & Resorts ( HST) is down $0.04 (-0.2%) to $16.09 on light volume. Thus far, 3.7 million shares of Host Hotels & Resorts exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 10.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $15.87-$16.15 after having opened the day at $15.92 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $16.13.

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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 $11.9 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 32.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Host Hotels & Resorts a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Host Hotels & Resorts 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 notable return on equity. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including unimpressive growth in net income, poor profit margins and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself. Get the full Host Hotels & Resorts 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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