Apartment Investment and Management Co, one of the largest U.S. apartment landlords, said on Friday that quarterly funds from operations rose 8 percent, but Florida dragged down results, and its shares fell 6.5 percent.

The company, known as Aimco, reported third-quarter funds from operations of $80.2 million, or 83 cents a share, compared with $74.3 million, or 74 cents a share, in the same period a year ago.

Third-quarter FFO before charges was 86 cents per share, above the company's forecast of 80 to 84 cents. The average of analysts' forecasts was 83 cents, according to Reuters Estimates.

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For the core 360 properties which the company has owned at least a year, the average monthly rent rose 3.2 percent, or $27, to $877 per unit. Occupancy inched up to 94.8 percent from 94.4 percent.

The higher rents and occupancy rates led to a 4.2 percent rise in comparable revenue to $259.1 million. Although comparable net operating income rose 4.9 percent, it fell 0.4 percent against the prior quarter and trailed the company's forecast of 5 percent to 7 percent.

Florida, with vast oversupply of housing, proved difficult.

This market continues to weigh heavily on the company's results same-store net operating income down 4.8 percent in the third quarter and is likely to continue to prove a drag on growth through much of the next year, Raymond James analyst William Crow wrote in a research note.

In fact, the prospective buyer of two Miami high-rises, Flamingo North and Central Towers, walked away from its option during the quarter. Aimco recognized income of $5.5 million, net of tax, for the foregone option.

The Denver-based real estate investment trust sees fourth-quarter FFO in a range of 89 to 95 cents per share, before charges. Analysts, on average, had been expecting the company to post fourth-quarter FFO of 90 cents per share, according to Reuters Estimates.

For the full year, Aimco raised the lower end of its forecast range for 2007 FFO to $3.37 from $3.33 per share while maintaining the upper and end of $3.43 per share.

Aimco shares traded at $41.40, down $2.84, in early afternoon activity on the New York Stock Exchange. Year-to-date, Aimco shares are down about 26 percent, while those of rival UDR Inc down 30 percent.