NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Shares of HCP Inc. (HCP - Get Report) are down by 7.13% to $33.05 on heavy volume in midday trading on Monday afternoon, as U.S. stocks slide today as investors are concerned about the slowdown in global growth, uncertainty about interest rates and the decline in oil prices.

The real estate investment trust will release its fiscal 2015 fourth quarter earnings results before the market open on Tuesday morning.

Analysts are expecting that the company will report a slight rise in its earnings per share results for the latest quarter. Revenue is also expected to grow year over year.

A survey of analysts by Thomson Reuters shows that the company has been forecast to post earnings of 45 cents per share on revenue of $614.3 million.

HCP reported earnings of 43 cents per share on revenue of $603.53 million for the fiscal 2014 fourth quarter.

HCP is an Irvine, CA-based REIT that invests in real estate serving the healthcare industry in the U.S.

Separately, TheStreet Ratings has set a "hold" rating and a score of C+ on HCP Inc. stock. The primary factors that have impacted the rating are mixed - some indicating strength, some showing weaknesses, with little evidence to justify the expectation of either a positive or negative performance for this stock relative to most other stocks.

The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, TheStreet Ratings also finds weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, feeble growth in the company's earnings per share and deteriorating net income.

TheStreet Ratings objectively rated this stock according to its "risk-adjusted" total return prospect over a 12-month investment horizon. Not based on the news in any given day, the rating may differ from Jim Cramer's view or that of this articles's author. 

You can view the full analysis from the report here: HCP

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