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The Real Estate industry as a whole closed the day down 0.3% versus the S&P 500, which was up 0.1%. Laggards within the Real Estate industry included

BRT Realty

(

BRT

), down 3.2%,

Institutional Financial Markets

(

IFMI

), down 1.8%,

Supertel Hospitality

(

SPPR

), down 2.0%,

Griffin Land & Nurseries

(

GRIF

), down 2.2% and

Owens Realty Mortgage

(

ORM

), down 3.9%.

TheStreet Ratings Group would like to highlight 3 stocks that pushed the industry lower today:

Douglas Emmett

(

DEI

) is one of the companies that pushed the Real Estate industry lower today. Douglas Emmett was down $0.50 (1.8%) to $27.64 on average volume. Throughout the day, 738,110 shares of Douglas Emmett exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 808,500 shares. The stock ranged in price between $27.63-$28.27 after having opened the day at $27.82 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $28.14.

Douglas Emmett, Inc., a real estate investment trust, owns and operates office and multifamily properties in California and Hawaii. As of December 31, 2007, the company's office portfolio consisted of 48 properties and multifamily portfolio consisted of 9 properties. Douglas Emmett has a market cap of $4.0 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 20.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 4 analysts who rate Douglas Emmett a buy, 3 analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates

Douglas Emmett

as a

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its growth in earnings per share, revenue growth and reasonable valuation levels. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company's profit margins have been poor overall.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on DEI go as follows:

  • DOUGLAS EMMETT INC has improved earnings per share by 12.5% 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 two years. We feel that this trend should continue. This trend suggests that the performance of the business is improving. During the past fiscal year, DOUGLAS EMMETT INC increased its bottom line by earning $0.30 versus $0.17 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($0.39 versus $0.30).
  • Despite its growing revenue, the company underperformed as compared with the industry average of 9.8%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 4.6%. This growth in revenue appears to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, improving the earnings per share.
  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has exceeded that of the Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) industry average, but is less than that of the S&P 500. The net income increased by 7.4% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, going from $12.08 million to $12.98 million.
  • In its most recent trading session, DEI has closed at a price level that was not very different from its closing price of one year earlier. This is probably due to its weak earnings growth as well as other mixed factors. Looking ahead, our view is that this company's fundamentals will not have much impact in either direction, allowing the stock to generally move up or down based on the push and pull of the broad market.
  • The gross profit margin for DOUGLAS EMMETT INC is currently lower than what is desirable, coming in at 30.66%. It has decreased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of 8.41% significantly trails the industry average.

You can view the full analysis from the report here:

Douglas Emmett Ratings Report

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At the close,

Supertel Hospitality

(

SPPR

) was down $0.03 (2.0%) to $1.48 on light volume. Throughout the day, 8,573 shares of Supertel Hospitality exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 40,700 shares. The stock ranged in price between $1.48-$1.55 after having opened the day at $1.55 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1.51.

Supertel Hospitality, Inc. is an independent equity real estate investment trust. The firm invests in the real estate markets of the United States. It primarily invests in limited-service hotels. The firm was formerly known as Humphrey Hospitality Trust, Inc. Supertel Hospitality, Inc. Supertel Hospitality has a market cap of $4.5 million and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 38.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates

Supertel Hospitality

as a

sell

. Among the areas we feel are negative, one of the most important has been a generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on SPPR go as follows:

  • SPPR'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 81.90%, 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's current return on equity greatly increased when compared to its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a signal of significant strength within the corporation. Compared to other companies in the Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) industry and the overall market, SUPERTEL HOSPITALITY INC's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • SPPR, with its decline in revenue, underperformed when compared the industry average of 9.8%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly dropped by 6.4%. The declining revenue has not hurt the company's bottom line, with increasing earnings per share.
  • Net operating cash flow has increased to -$1.24 million or 49.15% when compared to the same quarter last year. The firm also exceeded the industry average cash flow growth rate of 8.68%.
  • SUPERTEL HOSPITALITY INC reported significant earnings per share improvement 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 two years. During the past fiscal year, SUPERTEL HOSPITALITY INC continued to lose money by earning -$1.38 versus -$4.96 in the prior year.

You can view the full analysis from the report here:

Supertel Hospitality Ratings Report

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BRT Realty

(

BRT

) was another company that pushed the Real Estate industry lower today. BRT Realty was down $0.24 (3.2%) to $7.18 on average volume. Throughout the day, 4,243 shares of BRT Realty exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5,300 shares. The stock ranged in price between $7.15-$7.28 after having opened the day at $7.18 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $7.42.

BRT Realty Trust originates and holds for investment senior mortgage loans secured by commercial and multi-family real estate property in the United States. The company offers short-term or bridge loans at a floating rate of interest based on a spread over the prime rate. BRT Realty has a market cap of $105.1 million and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 5.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

TheStreet Ratings rates

BRT Realty

as a

sell

. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its unimpressive growth in net income, poor profit margins, weak operating cash flow and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself.

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Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on BRT go as follows:

  • The company, on the basis of change in net income from the same quarter one year ago, has significantly underperformed when compared to that of the S&P 500 and the Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 109.6% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from -$1.30 million to -$2.73 million.
  • The gross profit margin for BRT REALTY TRUST is currently extremely low, coming in at 5.92%. It has decreased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of -18.40% is significantly below that of the industry average.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to -$0.94 million or 417.96% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing to the industry average, the firm's growth rate is much lower.
  • In its most recent trading session, BRT has closed at a price level that was not very different from its closing price of one year earlier. This is probably due to its weak earnings growth as well as other mixed factors. This company's share value has not moved any higher or lower since its value 12 months ago, and we feel the risks associated with investing in this company will outweigh any potential future gains.
  • 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 Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) industry and the overall market on the basis of return on equity, BRT REALTY TRUST underperformed against that of the industry average and is significantly less than that of the S&P 500.

You can view the full analysis from the report here:

BRT Realty Ratings Report

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