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

BRT Realty

(

BRT

), down 2.9%,

Supertel Hospitality

(

SPPR

), down 9.5%,

Wheeler Real Estate Investment

(

WHLR

), down 1.5%,

Campus Crest Communities

(

CCG

), down 4.0% and

Ashford Hospitality

(

AHT

), down 2.6%.

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

Wheeler Real Estate Investment

(

WHLR

) is one of the companies that pushed the Real Estate industry lower today. Wheeler Real Estate Investment was down $0.03 (1.5%) to $1.92 on average volume. Throughout the day, 69,731 shares of Wheeler Real Estate Investment exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 51,700 shares. The stock ranged in price between $1.88-$1.95 after having opened the day at $1.95 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1.95.

Wheeler Real Estate Investment Trust, Inc. engages in acquiring, financing, developing, leasing, owning, and managing real estate properties in the mid-Atlantic, southeast, and southwest United States. Wheeler Real Estate Investment has a market cap of $107.2 million and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 50.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 3 analysts who rate Wheeler Real Estate Investment a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates

Wheeler Real Estate Investment

as a

sell

. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its deteriorating net income, weak operating cash flow, generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself and feeble growth in its earnings per share.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on WHLR 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 224.5% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from -$1.16 million to -$3.76 million.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to -$4.74 million or 7622.22% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing to the industry average, the firm's growth rate is much lower.
  • Despite any intermediate fluctuations, we have only bad news to report on this stock's performance over the last year: it has tumbled by 56.47%, worse than the S&P 500's performance. Consistent with the plunge in the stock price, the company's earnings per share are down 370.58% compared to the year-earlier 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.
  • WHEELER REAL ESTATE INVT TR 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. The company has reported a trend of declining earnings per share over the past two years. However, the consensus estimate suggests that this trend should reverse in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, WHEELER REAL ESTATE INVT TR reported poor results of -$1.80 versus -$0.94 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings (-$1.19 versus -$1.80).
  • 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, WHEELER REAL ESTATE INVT TR's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.

You can view the full analysis from the report here:

Wheeler Real Estate Investment Ratings Report

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At the close,

Supertel Hospitality

(

SPPR

) was down $0.21 (9.5%) to $2.01 on average volume. Throughout the day, 15,213 shares of Supertel Hospitality exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 12,700 shares. The stock ranged in price between $2.00-$2.07 after having opened the day at $2.04 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $2.22.

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 $13.2 million and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 4.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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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 an overall disappointing return on equity.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on SPPR go as follows:

  • Return on equity has greatly decreased when compared to its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a signal of major weakness 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.
  • SUPERTEL HOSPITALITY INC reported significant earnings per share improvement in the most recent quarter compared to 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, SUPERTEL HOSPITALITY INC reported poor results of -$6.15 versus -$1.12 in the prior year.
  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has significantly exceeded that of the S&P 500 and the Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) industry. The net income increased by 728.8% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from -$0.50 million to $3.17 million.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly increased by 233.14% to $0.24 million when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, SUPERTEL HOSPITALITY INC has also vastly surpassed the industry average cash flow growth rate of 2.10%.
  • Compared to where it was a year ago today, the stock is now trading at a higher level, and has traded in line with the S&P 500. 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.

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 $0.21 (2.9%) to $6.98 on light volume. Throughout the day, 720 shares of BRT Realty exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3,400 shares. The stock ranged in price between $6.98-$7.02 after having opened the day at $7.02 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $7.19.

BRT Realty Trust, a real estate investment trust (REIT), owns, operates, and develops multi-family properties in the United States. It operates through two segments, Multi-Family Real Estate and Other Real Estate. BRT Realty has a market cap of $95.5 million and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 3.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates

BRT Realty

as a

sell

. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its poor profit margins and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself.

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Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on BRT go as follows:

  • The gross profit margin for BRT REALTY TRUST is currently extremely low, coming in at 13.20%. Regardless of BRT's low profit margin, it has managed to increase from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, BRT's net profit margin of -3.65% significantly underperformed when compared to 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. The fact that the stock is now selling for less than others in its industry in relation to its current earnings is not reason enough to justify a buy rating at this time.
  • 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, BRT REALTY TRUST's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • BRT REALTY TRUST reported significant earnings per share improvement in the most recent quarter compared to 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 reported poor results of -$0.76 versus -$0.25 in the prior year.
  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has significantly exceeded that of the S&P 500 and the Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) industry. The net income increased by 71.1% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from -$2.59 million to -$0.75 million.

You can view the full analysis from the report here:

BRT Realty Ratings Report

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