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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 296.81 points (-1.8%) at 16,584 as of Thursday, July 31, 2014, 3:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 306 issues advancing vs. 2,767 declining with 92 unchanged.

The Real Estate industry as a whole closed the day down 1.3% versus the S&P 500, which was down 1.8%. Top gainers within the Real Estate industry included China Housing & Land Development ( CHLN), up 3.3%, IFM Investments ( CTC), up 2.2%, Amrep ( AXR), up 2.4%, Sotherly Hotels ( SOHO), up 1.5% and Gladstone Land ( LAND), up 2.5%.

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 $0.13 (2.4%) to $5.65 on average volume. Throughout the day, 15,241 shares of Amrep exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 14,100 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $5.60-$5.96 after having opened the day at $5.78 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $5.52.

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 $43.0 million and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 21.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. 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, IFM Investments ( CTC) was up $0.03 (2.2%) to $1.38 on light volume. Throughout the day, 23,041 shares of IFM Investments exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 41,900 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $1.33-$1.39 after having opened the day at $1.33 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1.35.

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 $20.2 million and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 34.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are no analysts who rate IFM Investments a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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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 47.21%, 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, underperformed when compared the industry average of 20.8%. 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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China Housing & Land Development ( CHLN) was another company that pushed the Real Estate industry higher today. China Housing & Land Development was up $0.05 (3.3%) to $1.57 on average volume. Throughout the day, 42,245 shares of China Housing & Land Development exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 35,000 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $1.51-$1.59 after having opened the day at $1.53 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1.52.

China Housing & Land Development, Inc., a real estate development company, is engaged in the acquisition, development, management, and sale of commercial and residential real estate properties primarily in Xi'an, the People's Republic of China. China Housing & Land Development has a market cap of $52.1 million and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 34.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are no analysts who rate China Housing & Land Development a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates China Housing & Land Development 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, generally high debt management risk, disappointing return on equity and weak operating cash flow.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on CHLN go as follows:

  • CHINA HOUSING & LAND DEV INC 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, CHINA HOUSING & LAND DEV INC reported lower earnings of $0.34 versus $0.56 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 126.9% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $2.87 million to -$0.77 million.
  • Although CHLN's debt-to-equity ratio of 2.45 is very high, it is currently less than that of the industry average.
  • 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. When compared to other companies in the Real Estate Management & Development industry and the overall market, CHINA HOUSING & LAND DEV INC's return on equity is below that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to -$30.61 million or 5758.78% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing to the industry average, the firm's growth rate is much lower.

You can view the full analysis from the report here: China Housing & Land Development Ratings Report

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