3 Real Estate Stocks Driving The Industry Higher

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All three major indices traded up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 66 points (0.4%) at 16,609 as of Friday, May 23, 2014, 3:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,917 issues advancing vs. 1,047 declining with 178 unchanged.

The Real Estate industry as a whole closed the day up 1.0% versus the S&P 500, which was up 0.4%. Top gainers within the Real Estate industry included IFM Investments ( CTC), up 5.7%, BRT Realty ( BRT), up 1.6%, Amrep ( AXR), up 2.1%, Wheeler Real Estate Investment ( WHLR), up 2.2% and Gladstone Land ( LAND), up 4.5%.

TheStreet Ratings Group would like to highlight 3 stocks pushing the industry higher today:

Amrep ( AXR) is one of the companies that pushed the Real Estate industry higher today. Amrep was up $0.09 (2.1%) to $4.39 on average volume. Throughout the day, 18,395 shares of Amrep exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 13,900 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $4.28-$4.52 after having opened the day at $4.31 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $4.30.

AMREP Corporation, through its subsidiaries, engages in media services and real estate businesses. It operates in four segments: Subscription Fulfillment Services; Newsstand Distribution Services; Product Packaging and Fulfillment Services, and Other; and Real Estate Operations. Amrep has a market cap of $32.8 million and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 38.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are no analysts who rate Amrep a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Amrep as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity, poor profit margins, weak operating cash flow and feeble growth in its earnings per share.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on AXR 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 Commercial Services & Supplies industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 466.7% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $0.00 million to -$0.01 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 Commercial Services & Supplies industry and the overall market, AMREP CORP's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • The gross profit margin for AMREP CORP is rather low; currently it is at 16.32%. It has decreased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of -0.04% trails that of the industry average.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to -$1.61 million or 142.56% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing to the industry average, the firm's growth rate is much lower.
  • AMREP CORP has shown no change in earnings for its most recently reported quarter when compared with the same quarter a year earlier. The company has suffered a declining pattern earnings per share over the past two years. During the past fiscal year, AMREP CORP reported poor results of -$0.47 versus -$0.19 in the prior year.

You can view the full analysis from the report here: Amrep Ratings Report

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At the close, BRT Realty ( BRT) was up $0.11 (1.6%) to $7.17 on light volume. Throughout the day, 701 shares of BRT Realty exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7,300 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $7.07-$7.17 after having opened the day at $7.07 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $7.06.

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 $101.1 million and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 0.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are no analysts who rate BRT Realty a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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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.

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. 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 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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IFM Investments ( CTC) was another company that pushed the Real Estate industry higher today. IFM Investments was up $0.06 (5.7%) to $1.12 on light volume. Throughout the day, 250 shares of IFM Investments exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 19,400 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $1.11-$1.12 after having opened the day at $1.11 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1.06.

IFM Investments Limited, through its subsidiaries, provides real estate services in the People's Republic of China. It operates through four segments: Company-Owned Brokerage Services, Franchise Services, Mortgage Management Services, and Primary and Commercial Services. IFM Investments has a market cap of $16.4 million and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 48.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are no analysts who rate IFM Investments a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates IFM Investments as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its feeble growth in its earnings per share, deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity, poor profit margins and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on CTC go as follows:

  • IFM INVESTMENTS LTD 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 suffered a declining pattern earnings per share over the past two years. During the past fiscal year, IFM INVESTMENTS LTD reported poor results of -$0.92 versus -$0.57 in the prior year.
  • 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 Management & Development industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 1913.8% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from -$0.31 million to -$6.26 million.
  • 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 Management & Development industry and the overall market, IFM INVESTMENTS LTD's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • The gross profit margin for IFM INVESTMENTS LTD is currently extremely low, coming in at 10.05%. It has decreased significantly from the same period last year. Along with this, the net profit margin of -17.65% is significantly below that of the industry average.
  • Despite any intermediate fluctuations, we have only bad news to report on this stock's performance over the last year: it has tumbled by 57.52%, worse than the S&P 500's performance. Consistent with the plunge in the stock price, the company's earnings per share are down 2000.00% 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.

You can view the full analysis from the report here: IFM Investments Ratings Report

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