3 Stocks Pushing The Real Estate Industry Higher

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All three major indices traded up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 89 points (0.5%) at 16,650 as of Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014, 3:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 2,238 issues advancing vs. 759 declining with 137 unchanged.

The Real Estate industry as a whole closed the day up 0.7% versus the S&P 500, which was up 0.6%. Top gainers within the Real Estate industry included Income Opportunity Realty Investors ( IOT), up 6.1%, Vestin Realty Mortgage II ( VRTB), up 2.3%, China Housing & Land Development ( CHLN), up 2.4%, Maui Land & Pineapple ( MLP), up 1.8% and IFM Investments ( CTC), up 2.9%.

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

IFM Investments ( CTC) is one of the companies that pushed the Real Estate industry higher today. IFM Investments was up $0.05 (2.9%) to $1.75 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 145,469 shares of IFM Investments exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 54,900 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $1.64-$1.79 after having opened the day at $1.68 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1.70.

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 $26.8 million and is part of the conglomerates sector. Shares are down 17.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. 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 27.69%, 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 20.1%. 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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At the close, Maui Land & Pineapple ( MLP) was up $0.12 (1.8%) to $6.72 on average volume. Throughout the day, 14,218 shares of Maui Land & Pineapple exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 13,300 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $6.59-$6.85 after having opened the day at $6.76 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $6.60.

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 $126.9 million and is part of the conglomerates sector. Shares are up 8.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. 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 unimpressive growth in net income over time.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on MLP 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 42.6% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $0.83 million to $0.48 million.
  • MAUI LAND & PINEAPPLE CO 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 two years. During the past fiscal year, MAUI LAND & PINEAPPLE CO continued to lose money by earning -$0.14 versus -$0.27 in the prior year.
  • 49.77% is the gross profit margin for MAUI LAND & PINEAPPLE CO which we consider to be strong. It has increased significantly from the same period last year. Along with this, the net profit margin of 9.52% is above that of the industry average.
  • MLP's very impressive revenue growth greatly exceeded the industry average of 20.1%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues leaped by 96.0%. This growth in revenue appears to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, improving the earnings per share.
  • Compared to its price level of one year ago, MLP is up 63.12% to its most recent closing price of 6.90. Looking ahead, however, our view is that this stock's fundamentals could hold back its rise or even push it down.

You can view the full analysis from the report here: Maui Land & Pineapple 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 $0.04 (2.4%) to $1.68 on light volume. Throughout the day, 19,514 shares of China Housing & Land Development exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 35,700 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $1.63-$1.73 after having opened the day at $1.73 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1.64.

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 $57.9 million and is part of the conglomerates sector. Shares are down 29.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. 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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