3 Real Estate Stocks Pushing The Industry Higher

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All three major indices traded up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 22 points (0.1%) at 16,756 as of Friday, June 13, 2014, 3:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,626 issues advancing vs. 1,329 declining with 172 unchanged.

The Real Estate industry as a whole closed the day up 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which was up 0.2%. Top gainers within the Real Estate industry included Income Opportunity Realty Investors ( IOT), up 3.4%, IFM Investments ( CTC), up 4.0%, New England Realty Associates ( NEN), up 3.3%, Gladstone Land ( LAND), up 3.5% and Maui Land & Pineapple ( MLP), up 1.5%.

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

Maui Land & Pineapple ( MLP) is one of the companies that pushed the Real Estate industry higher today. Maui Land & Pineapple was up $0.12 (1.5%) to $7.89 on light volume. Throughout the day, 2,896 shares of Maui Land & Pineapple exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 29,700 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $7.82-$8.02 after having opened the day at $7.90 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $7.77.

Maui Land & Pineapple Company, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, develops, sells, and manages residential, resort, commercial, and industrial real estate properties. The company operates through four segments: Real Estate, Leasing, Utilities, and Resort Amenities. Maui Land & Pineapple has a market cap of $147.8 million and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 27.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are no analysts who rate Maui Land & Pineapple a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Maui Land & Pineapple as a sell. Among the areas we feel are negative, one of the most important has been poor profit margins.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on MLP go as follows:

  • The gross profit margin for MAUI LAND & PINEAPPLE CO is currently lower than what is desirable, coming in at 30.78%. Regardless of MLP's low profit margin, it has managed to increase from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, MLP's net profit margin of -36.81% significantly underperformed when compared to the industry average.
  • Despite the weak revenue results, MLP has significantly outperformed against the industry average of 39.8%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly dropped by 6.1%. The declining revenue has not hurt the company's bottom line, with increasing earnings per share.
  • Net operating cash flow has increased to -$1.29 million or 26.83% when compared to the same quarter last year. Despite an increase in cash flow, MAUI LAND & PINEAPPLE CO's cash flow growth rate is still lower than the industry average growth rate of 60.22%.
  • MAUI LAND & PINEAPPLE CO has improved earnings per share by 44.4% 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. During the past fiscal year, MAUI LAND & PINEAPPLE CO continued to lose money by earning -$0.15 versus -$0.27 in the prior year.
  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has exceeded that of the S&P 500 and greatly outperformed compared to the Real Estate Management & Development industry average. The net income increased by 49.9% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from -$1.82 million to -$0.91 million.

You can view the full analysis from the report here: Maui Land & Pineapple Ratings Report

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At the close, Gladstone Land ( LAND) was up $0.40 (3.5%) to $11.70 on average volume. Throughout the day, 17,313 shares of Gladstone Land exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 19,500 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $11.25-$11.75 after having opened the day at $11.25 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $11.30.

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 $73.5 million and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 30.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. 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 sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its deteriorating net income, poor profit margins, generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself and feeble growth in its earnings per share.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on LAND 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 Management & Development industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 56.3% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $0.05 million to $0.02 million.
  • The gross profit margin for GLADSTONE LAND CORP is currently lower than what is desirable, coming in at 31.45%. It has decreased significantly from the same period last year. Along with this, the net profit margin of 1.39% trails 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 27.93%, worse than the S&P 500's performance. Consistent with the plunge in the stock price, the company's earnings per share are down 100.00% compared to the year-earlier quarter. 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 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 year. However, the consensus estimate suggests that this trend should reverse 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 ($0.07 versus -$0.19).
  • 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.

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

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IFM Investments ( CTC) was another company that pushed the Real Estate industry higher today. IFM Investments was up $0.05 (4.0%) to $1.31 on light volume. Throughout the day, 900 shares of IFM Investments exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 26,500 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $1.24-$1.31 after having opened the day at $1.24 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1.26.

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 $19.2 million and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 38.5% 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 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 981.5% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $0.87 million to -$7.63 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.
  • Despite any intermediate fluctuations, we have only bad news to report on this stock's performance over the last year: it has tumbled by 60.00%, worse than the S&P 500's performance. Consistent with the plunge in the stock price, the company's earnings per share are down 950.00% 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.
  • CTC, with its decline in revenue, slightly underperformed the industry average of 39.8%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues fell by 48.0%. Weakness in the company's revenue seems to have hurt the bottom line, decreasing earnings per share.

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

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