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Trade-Ideas LLC identified

Cedar Realty

(

CDR

) as a strong on high relative volume candidate. In addition to specific proprietary factors, Trade-Ideas identified Cedar Realty as such a stock due to the following factors:

  • CDR has an average dollar-volume (as measured by average daily share volume multiplied by share price) of $2.6 million.
  • CDR has traded 94,758 shares today.
  • CDR is trading at 7.13 times the normal volume for the stock at this time of day.
  • CDR is trading at a new high 4.05% above yesterday's close.

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More details on CDR:

Cedar Realty Trust, Inc. is an independent equity real estate investment trust. The firm is primarily engaged in ownership, operation, development, and redevelopment of properties. The stock currently has a dividend yield of 2.7%. CDR has a PE ratio of 183.8. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Cedar Realty a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

The average volume for Cedar Realty has been 403,000 shares per day over the past 30 days. Cedar has a market cap of $625.0 million and is part of the financial sector and real estate industry. The stock has a beta of 0.82 and a short float of 2.5% with 3.69 days to cover. Shares are down 2.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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TheStreetRatings.com

Analysis:

TheStreet Quant Ratings

rates Cedar Realty as a

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including unimpressive growth in net income and poor profit margins.

Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • CEDAR REALTY TRUST 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 year. We feel that this trend should continue. This trend suggests that the performance of the business is improving. During the past fiscal year, CEDAR REALTY TRUST INC turned its bottom line around by earning $0.02 versus -$0.17 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($0.08 versus $0.02).
  • Despite its growing revenue, the company underperformed as compared with the industry average of 9.9%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 3.5%. This growth in revenue appears to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, improving 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. We feel that the combination of its price rise over the last year and its current price-to-earnings ratio relative to its industry tend to reduce its upside potential.
  • The gross profit margin for CEDAR REALTY TRUST INC is currently lower than what is desirable, coming in at 33.12%. Despite the low profit margin, it has increased significantly from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, CDR's net profit margin of 11.86% is significantly lower than the industry average.
  • 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 26.0% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $5.88 million to $4.35 million.

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