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The Real Estate industry as a whole closed the day down 0.6% versus the S&P 500, which was down 1.5%. Laggards within the Real Estate industry included

InnSuites Hospitality

(

IHT

), down 4.0%,

Forest City

(

FCE.B

), down 2.1%,

BRT Realty

(

BRT

), down 1.6%,

Griffin Land & Nurseries

(

TheStreet Recommends

GRIF

), down 4.4% and

Gladstone Land

(

LAND

), down 2.0%.

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

Icahn

(

IEP

) is one of the companies that pushed the Real Estate industry lower today. Icahn was down $2.16 (2.0%) to $105.14 on average volume. Throughout the day, 143,354 shares of Icahn exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 106,600 shares. The stock ranged in price between $104.10-$109.24 after having opened the day at $107.25 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $107.30.

Icahn Enterprises L.P. is engaged in the investment, automotive, energy, metals, railcar, gaming, food packaging, real estate, and home fashion businesses in the United States and Internationally. Icahn has a market cap of $12.9 billion and is part of the conglomerates sector. Shares are down 2.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there is 1 analyst who rates Icahn a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates

Icahn

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and attractive valuation levels. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on IEP go as follows:

  • The revenue growth greatly exceeded the industry average of 9.1%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 39.2%. Growth in the company's revenue appears to have helped boost the earnings per share.
  • Looking at where the stock is today compared to one year ago, we find that it is not only higher, but it has also clearly outperformed the rise in the S&P 500 over the same period. Although other factors naturally played a role, the company's strong earnings growth was key. Looking ahead, unless broad bear market conditions prevail, we still see more upside potential for this stock, despite the fact that it has already risen over the past year.
  • ICAHN ENTERPRISES LP 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. We feel that this trend should continue. During the past fiscal year, ICAHN ENTERPRISES LP increased its bottom line by earning $8.98 versus $3.72 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($9.41 versus $8.98).
  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has significantly exceeded that of the S&P 500 and the Auto Components industry. The net income increased by 805.5% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from $54.00 million to $489.00 million.

You can view the full analysis from the report here:

Icahn Ratings Report

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At the close,

Gladstone Land

(

LAND

) was down $0.24 (2.0%) to $11.70 on light volume. Throughout the day, 15,940 shares of Gladstone Land exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 31,000 shares. The stock ranged in price between $11.66-$12.00 after having opened the day at $11.95 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $11.94.

Gladstone Land Corporation, an agricultural real estate company, owns and leases farmland to corporate and independent farmers in the United States. It also leases a parcel on its farm near Oxnard, California to an oil company. Gladstone Land has a market cap of $79.0 million and is part of the conglomerates sector. Shares are down 25.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 3 analysts who rate Gladstone Land a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates

Gladstone Land

as a

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and weak operating cash flow.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on LAND go as follows:

  • LAND's very impressive revenue growth greatly exceeded the industry average of 12.1%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues leaped by 62.8%. This growth in revenue does not appear to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, displayed by a decline in earnings per share.
  • The debt-to-equity ratio is somewhat low, currently at 0.94, and is less than that of the industry average, implying that there has been a relatively successful effort in the management of debt levels.
  • 36.47% is the gross profit margin for GLADSTONE LAND CORP which we consider to be strong. Regardless of LAND's high profit margin, it has managed to decrease from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, LAND's net profit margin of -19.15% significantly underperformed when compared to the industry average.
  • 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 Real Estate Management & Development industry and the overall market, GLADSTONE LAND CORP's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to $0.34 million or 60.57% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing to the industry average, the firm's growth rate is much lower.

You can view the full analysis from the report here:

Gladstone Land Ratings Report

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BRT Realty

(

BRT

) was another company that pushed the Real Estate industry lower today. BRT Realty was down $0.12 (1.6%) to $7.20 on average volume. Throughout the day, 16,847 shares of BRT Realty exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 18,600 shares. The stock ranged in price between $7.19-$7.29 after having opened the day at $7.26 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $7.32.

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 $107.1 million and is part of the conglomerates sector. Shares are up 3.5% 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 deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and poor profit margins.

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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 163.5% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $0.52 million to -$0.33 million.
  • 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 Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) industry and the overall market, BRT REALTY TRUST's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • The gross profit margin for BRT REALTY TRUST is currently extremely low, coming in at 8.07%. It has decreased significantly from the same period last year. Along with this, the net profit margin of -1.82% is significantly below that of the industry average.
  • 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. Turning our attention to the future direction of the stock, we do not believe this stock offers ample reward opportunity to compensate for the risks, despite the fact that it rose over the past year.
  • BRT REALTY TRUST has experienced a steep decline in earnings per share in the most recent quarter in comparison to its performance from the same quarter a year ago. This company has not demonstrated a clear trend in earnings over the past 2 years, making it difficult to accurately predict earnings for the coming year. During the past fiscal year, BRT REALTY TRUST increased its bottom line by earning $0.34 versus $0.26 in the prior year.

You can view the full analysis from the report here:

BRT Realty Ratings Report

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