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3 Real Estate Stocks Moving The Industry Upward

Editor's Note: Any reference to TheStreet Ratings and its underlying recommendation does not reflect the opinion of TheStreet, Inc. or any of its contributors including Jim Cramer or Stephanie Link.

All three major indices traded up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 68 points (0.4%) at 16,974 as of Wednesday, July 9, 2014, 3:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,593 issues advancing vs. 1,369 declining with 158 unchanged.

The Real Estate industry as a whole closed the day up 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which was up 0.5%. Top gainers within the Real Estate industry included IFM Investments ( CTC), up 5.9%, Transcontinental Realty Investors ( TCI), up 3.2%, Supertel Hospitality ( SPPR), up 9.8%, Elbit Imaging ( EMITF), up 2.4% and Maui Land & Pineapple ( MLP), up 2.9%.

TheStreet Ratings Group would like to highlight 3 stocks pushing the industry higher today:

Maui Land & Pineapple ( MLP) is one of the companies that pushed the Real Estate industry higher today. Maui Land & Pineapple was up $0.21 (2.9%) to $7.47 on light volume. Throughout the day, 7,637 shares of Maui Land & Pineapple exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 18,100 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $7.11-$7.51 after having opened the day at $7.18 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $7.26.

Maui Land & Pineapple Company, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, develops, sells, and manages residential, resort, commercial, and industrial real estate properties. The company operates through four segments: Real Estate, Leasing, Utilities, and Resort Amenities. Maui Land & Pineapple has a market cap of $139.2 million and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 19.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are no analysts who rate Maui Land & Pineapple a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Maui Land & Pineapple as a sell. Among the areas we feel are negative, one of the most important has been poor profit margins.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on MLP go as follows:

  • The gross profit margin for MAUI LAND & PINEAPPLE CO is currently lower than what is desirable, coming in at 30.78%. Regardless of MLP's low profit margin, it has managed to increase from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, MLP's net profit margin of -36.81% significantly underperformed when compared to the industry average.
  • Despite the weak revenue results, MLP has significantly outperformed against the industry average of 41.1%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly dropped by 6.1%. The declining revenue has not hurt the company's bottom line, with increasing earnings per share.
  • Net operating cash flow has increased to -$1.29 million or 26.83% when compared to the same quarter last year. Despite an increase in cash flow, MAUI LAND & PINEAPPLE CO's cash flow growth rate is still lower than the industry average growth rate of 52.42%.
  • MAUI LAND & PINEAPPLE CO has improved earnings per share by 44.4% in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. The company has demonstrated a pattern of positive earnings per share growth over the past year. During the past fiscal year, MAUI LAND & PINEAPPLE CO continued to lose money by earning -$0.15 versus -$0.27 in the prior year.
  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has exceeded that of the S&P 500 and greatly outperformed compared to the Real Estate Management & Development industry average. The net income increased by 49.9% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from -$1.82 million to -$0.91 million.

You can view the full analysis from the report here: Maui Land & Pineapple Ratings Report

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