All three major indices are trading down today with the

Dow Jones Industrial Average

(

^DJI

) trading down 212.33 points (-1.2%) at 17,403 as of Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2015, 4:20 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,158 issues advancing vs. 1,944 declining with 104 unchanged.

The Real Estate industry as a whole closed the day up 0.4% versus the S&P 500, which was down 1.0%. Top gainers within the Real Estate industry included

Optibase

(

OBAS

), up 3.7%,

Condor Hospitality

(

CDOR

), up 8.2%,

Supertel Hospitality

(

SPPR

), up 8.2%,

UCP

(

UCP

), up 2.0% and

Monroe Capital

(

MRCC

), up 1.9%.

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

Monroe Capital

(

MRCC

) is one of the companies that pushed the Real Estate industry higher today. Monroe Capital was up $0.28 (1.9%) to $14.77 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 115,720 shares of Monroe Capital exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 67,500 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $14.40-$14.88 after having opened the day at $14.88 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $14.49.

Monroe Capital Corporation is a business development company specializing in senior, unitranche and junior secured debt and, to a lesser extent, unsecured debt and equity investments in middle-market companies. The fund focuses on companies with a maximum of $25 million in EBITDA per year. Monroe Capital has a market cap of $173.3 million and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 0.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 8 analysts who rate Monroe Capital a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Monroe Capital as a

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, increase in stock price during the past year and growth in earnings per share. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that we feel that the company's cash flow from its operations has been weak overall.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on MRCC go as follows:

  • The revenue growth came in higher than the industry average of 6.8%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 24.0%. This growth in revenue appears to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, improving the earnings per share.
  • The stock has risen over the past year as investors have generally rewarded the company for its earnings growth and other positive factors like the ones we have cited in this report. Despite the fact that it has already risen in the past year, there is currently no conclusive evidence that warrants the purchase or sale of this stock.
  • The return on equity has improved slightly when compared to the same quarter one year prior. This can be construed as a modest strength in the organization. Compared to other companies in the Capital Markets industry and the overall market on the basis of return on equity, MONROE CAPITAL CORP has outperformed in comparison with the industry average, but has underperformed when compared to that of the S&P 500.
  • Net operating cash flow has declined marginally to -$15.10 million or 2.38% when compared to the same quarter last year. Despite a decrease in cash flow of 2.38%, MONROE CAPITAL CORP is still significantly exceeding the industry average of -505.86%.

You can view the full analysis from the report here:

Monroe Capital Ratings Report

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At the close,

UCP

(

UCP

) was up $0.16 (2.0%) to $8.16 on average volume. Throughout the day, 72,532 shares of UCP exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 66,900 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $7.98-$8.48 after having opened the day at $7.98 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $8.00.

UCP, Inc. operates as a homebuilder and land developer in California, Washington, North and South Carolina, and Tennessee, the United States. The company operates in two segments, Homebuilding and Land Development. UCP has a market cap of $59.5 million and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 23.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are no analysts who rate UCP a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates UCP as a

sell

. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its generally high debt management risk, disappointing return on equity, poor profit margins and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on UCP go as follows:

  • Currently the debt-to-equity ratio of 1.66 is quite high overall and when compared to the industry average, suggesting that the current management of debt levels should be re-evaluated.
  • The company's current return on equity has slightly decreased from the same quarter one year prior. This implies a minor weakness in the organization. Compared to other companies in the Household Durables industry and the overall market, UCP INC's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • The gross profit margin for UCP INC is rather low; currently it is at 16.63%. It has decreased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of -4.22% trails that of the industry average.
  • UCP's stock share price has done very poorly compared to where it was a year ago: Despite any rallies, the net result is that it is down by 39.81%, which is also worse that the performance of the S&P 500 Index. Investors have so far failed to pay much attention to the earnings improvements the company has managed to achieve over the last quarter. Naturally, the overall market trend is bound to be a significant factor. However, in one sense, the stock's sharp decline last year is a positive for future investors, making it cheaper (in proportion to its earnings over the past year) than most other stocks in its industry. But due to other concerns, we feel the stock is still not a good buy right now.
  • The company, on the basis of net income growth from the same quarter one year ago, has significantly underperformed compared to the Household Durables industry average, but is greater than that of the S&P 500. The net income increased by 26.3% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from -$2.50 million to -$1.84 million.

You can view the full analysis from the report here:

UCP Ratings Report

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Supertel Hospitality

(

SPPR

) was another company that pushed the Real Estate industry higher today. Supertel Hospitality was up $0.12 (8.2%) to $1.59 on average volume. Throughout the day, 13,580 shares of Supertel Hospitality exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 12,700 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $1.48-$1.69 after having opened the day at $1.48 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1.47.

Supertel Hospitality has a market cap of $13.2 million and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 3.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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