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The Real Estate industry as a whole closed the day down 0.7% versus the S&P 500, which was down 2.1%. Laggards within the Real Estate industry included BRASILAGRO - CIA Bras de Prop Agricolas ( LND), down 2.5%, Optibase ( OBAS), down 2.8%, Alto Palermo ( APSA), down 3.3%, Supertel Hospitality ( SPPR), down 2.6% and Amrep ( AXR), down 1.6%.

TheStreet Ratings Group would like to highlight 3 stocks that pushed the industry lower today:

Kennedy-Wilson Holdings ( KW) is one of the companies that pushed the Real Estate industry lower today. Kennedy-Wilson Holdings was down $0.82 (3.3%) to $23.72 on light volume. Throughout the day, 198,269 shares of Kennedy-Wilson Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 271,500 shares. The stock ranged in price between $23.69-$24.62 after having opened the day at $24.47 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $24.54.

Kennedy-Wilson Holdings, Inc. operates as a real estate investment and services company in the United States, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Spain, and Japan. The company operates in two segments, KW Investments and KW Services. Kennedy-Wilson Holdings has a market cap of $2.3 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 10.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 3 analysts who rate Kennedy-Wilson Holdings a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Kennedy-Wilson Holdings as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations, compelling growth in net income and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on KW go as follows:

  • KW's very impressive revenue growth greatly exceeded the industry average of 12.1%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues leaped by 151.5%. Growth in the company's revenue appears to have helped boost the earnings per share.
  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has significantly exceeded that of the S&P 500 and the Real Estate Management & Development industry. The net income increased by 9700.0% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from -$0.40 million to $38.40 million.
  • The gross profit margin for KENNEDY-WILSON HOLDINGS INC is currently very high, coming in at 76.25%. It has increased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of 41.83% significantly outperformed against the industry average.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly increased by 2650.06% to $102.00 million when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, KENNEDY-WILSON HOLDINGS INC has also vastly surpassed the industry average cash flow growth rate of -1.19%.
  • Powered by its strong earnings growth of 1366.66% and other important driving factors, this stock has surged by 29.09% over the past year, outperforming the rise in the S&P 500 Index during the same period. Looking ahead, the stock's sharp rise over the last year has already helped drive it to a level which is relatively expensive compared to the rest of its industry. We feel, however, that other strengths this company displays justify these higher price levels.

You can view the full analysis from the report here: Kennedy-Wilson Holdings Ratings Report

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At the close, Amrep ( AXR) was down $0.07 (1.6%) to $4.44 on light volume. Throughout the day, 200 shares of Amrep exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 12,100 shares. The stock ranged in price between $4.44-$4.44 after having opened the day at $4.44 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $4.51.

AMREP Corporation, through its subsidiaries, is engaged in media services and real estate businesses in the United States. Amrep has a market cap of $36.3 million and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 35.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Amrep as a sell. Among the areas we feel are negative, one of the most important has been a generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on AXR go as follows:

  • AXR's stock share price has done very poorly compared to where it was a year ago: Despite any rallies, the net result is that it is down by 44.70%, which is also worse that the performance of the S&P 500 Index. Investors have so far failed to pay much attention to the earnings improvements the company has managed to achieve over the last 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.
  • Current return on equity exceeded its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a clear sign of strength within the company. When compared to other companies in the Commercial Services & Supplies industry and the overall market, AMREP CORP's return on equity is below that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • The gross profit margin for AMREP CORP is currently extremely low, coming in at 14.92%. Regardless of AXR's low profit margin, it has managed to increase from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, AXR's net profit margin of 34.93% significantly outperformed against the industry.
  • AXR, with its decline in revenue, underperformed when compared the industry average of 4.5%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues fell by 12.6%. The declining revenue has not hurt the company's bottom line, with increasing earnings per share.
  • AMREP CORP 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. During the past fiscal year, AMREP CORP continued to lose money by earning -$0.43 versus -$0.47 in the prior year.

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

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Supertel Hospitality ( SPPR) was another company that pushed the Real Estate industry lower today. Supertel Hospitality was down $0.06 (2.6%) to $2.22 on light volume. Throughout the day, 8,685 shares of Supertel Hospitality exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 16,700 shares. The stock ranged in price between $2.20-$2.27 after having opened the day at $2.22 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $2.28.

Supertel Hospitality, Inc. is an independent equity real estate investment trust. The firm invests in the real estate markets of the United States. It primarily invests in limited-service hotels. The firm was formerly known as Humphrey Hospitality Trust, Inc. Supertel Hospitality, Inc. Supertel Hospitality has a market cap of $10.7 million and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 6.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Supertel Hospitality 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 and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself.

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Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on SPPR 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 539.9% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $2.37 million to -$10.44 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 Investment Trusts (REITs) industry and the overall market, SUPERTEL HOSPITALITY INC's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • The gross profit margin for SUPERTEL HOSPITALITY INC is currently extremely low, coming in at 14.00%. Regardless of SPPR's low profit margin, it has managed to increase from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, SPPR's net profit margin of -65.02% significantly underperformed when compared to 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 66.92%, worse than the S&P 500's performance. Consistent with the plunge in the stock price, the company's earnings per share are down 4512.50% 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.
  • SUPERTEL HOSPITALITY 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. This company has not demonstrated a clear trend in earnings over the past 2 years, making it difficult to accurately predict earnings for the coming year. During the past fiscal year, SUPERTEL HOSPITALITY INC continued to lose money by earning -$1.36 versus -$4.96 in the prior year.

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

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