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The Real Estate industry as a whole was unchanged today versus the S&P 500, which was down 1.9%. Laggards within the Real Estate industry included

American Realty Investors

(

ARL

), down 2.2%,

Institutional Financial Markets

(

IFMI

), down 2.9%,

Griffin Land & Nurseries

(

GRIF

), down 2.5%,

Sotherly Hotels

(

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SOHO

), down 2.6% and

Gladstone Land

(

LAND

), down 2.5%.

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 $1.99 (2.1%) to $91.03 on light volume. Throughout the day, 100,438 shares of Icahn exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 147,700 shares. The stock ranged in price between $90.77-$92.72 after having opened the day at $92.10 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $93.02.

Icahn Enterprises L.P., through its subsidiaries, operates in 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 $11.2 billion and is part of the conglomerates sector. Shares are unchanged year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. 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

hold

. Among the primary strengths of the company is its generally strong cash flow from operations. At the same time, however, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, generally higher debt management risk and disappointing return on equity.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on IEP go as follows:

  • Net operating cash flow has significantly increased by 282.50% to $219.00 million when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, ICAHN ENTERPRISES LP has also vastly surpassed the industry average cash flow growth rate of 21.67%.
  • IEP, with its decline in revenue, underperformed when compared the industry average of 1.2%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues fell by 23.0%. Weakness in the company's revenue seems to have hurt the bottom line, decreasing earnings per share.
  • ICAHN ENTERPRISES LP 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 reported somewhat volatile earnings recently. We feel it is likely to report a decline in earnings in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, ICAHN ENTERPRISES LP increased its bottom line by earning $8.98 versus $3.72 in the prior year. For the next year, the market is expecting a contraction of 92.9% in earnings ($0.64 versus $8.98).
  • Current return on equity is lower than its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a clear sign of weakness within the company. In comparison to the other companies in the Industrial Conglomerates industry and the overall market, ICAHN ENTERPRISES LP's return on equity is significantly below that of the industry average and is below that of the S&P 500.
  • The gross profit margin for ICAHN ENTERPRISES LP is currently extremely low, coming in at 4.46%. It has decreased significantly from the same period last year. Along with this, the net profit margin of -8.11% is significantly below that of the industry average.

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 $0.26 (2.5%) to $10.15 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 96,757 shares of Gladstone Land exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 37,900 shares. The stock ranged in price between $9.95-$10.38 after having opened the day at $10.38 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $10.41.

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 $82.3 million and is part of the conglomerates sector. Shares are down 2.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 2 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

sell

. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its disappointing return on equity and poor profit margins.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on LAND go as follows:

  • 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.
  • The gross profit margin for GLADSTONE LAND CORP is currently lower than what is desirable, coming in at 27.56%. It has decreased significantly from the same period last year. Along with this, the net profit margin of 5.62% trails that of the industry average.
  • This stock's share value has moved by only 41.27% over the past year. Turning toward the future, the fact that the stock has come down in price over the past year should not necessarily be interpreted as a negative; it could be one of the factors that may help make the stock attractive down the road. Right now, however, we believe that it is too soon to buy.
  • GLADSTONE LAND CORP has shown improvement in its earnings for its most recently reported quarter when compared with the same quarter a year earlier. This company has reported somewhat volatile earnings recently. But, we feel it is poised for EPS growth in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, GLADSTONE LAND CORP swung to a loss, reporting -$0.19 versus $0.05 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($0.03 versus -$0.19).
  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has significantly exceeded that of the S&P 500 and the Real Estate Management & Development industry. The net income increased by 1900.0% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from $0.01 million to $0.10 million.

You can view the full analysis from the report here:

Gladstone Land Ratings Report

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Sotherly Hotels

(

SOHO

) was another company that pushed the Real Estate industry lower today. Sotherly Hotels was down $0.20 (2.6%) to $7.40 on average volume. Throughout the day, 28,240 shares of Sotherly Hotels exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 32,500 shares. The stock ranged in price between $7.33-$7.61 after having opened the day at $7.51 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $7.60.

SoTHERLY Hotels Inc. is a self-managed and self-administered lodging REIT focused on the acquisition, renovation, upbranding and repositioning of upscale to upper upscale full-service hotels in the Mid-Atlantic and Southern United States. Sotherly Hotels has a market cap of $79.3 million and is part of the conglomerates sector. Shares are up 1.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 2 analysts who rate Sotherly Hotels a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Sotherly Hotels

as a

sell

. Among the areas we feel are negative, one of the most important has been poor profit margins.

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Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on SOHO go as follows:

  • The gross profit margin for SOTHERLY HOTELS INC is currently extremely low, coming in at 9.46%. It has decreased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of -0.68% is significantly below that of the industry average.
  • 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. When compared to other companies in the Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) industry and the overall market, SOTHERLY HOTELS INC's return on equity is below that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly increased by 329.73% to $4.42 million when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, SOTHERLY HOTELS INC has also vastly surpassed the industry average cash flow growth rate of 6.60%.
  • This stock has increased by 27.73% over the past year, outperforming the rise in the S&P 500 Index during the same period. Regarding the future course of this stock, we feel that the risks involved in investing in SOHO do not compensate for any future upside potential, despite the fact that it has seen nice gains over the past 12 months.

You can view the full analysis from the report here:

Sotherly Hotels Ratings Report

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