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The Real Estate industry as a whole was unchanged today versus the S&P 500, which was down 1.6%. Laggards within the Real Estate industry included American Realty Investors ( ARL), down 2.0%, Supertel Hospitality ( SPPR), down 7.2%, Forest City ( FCE.B), down 2.0%, Gyrodyne Company of America ( GYRO), down 1.7% and Amrep ( AXR), down 2.0%.

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

New Residential Investment ( NRZ) is one of the companies that pushed the Real Estate industry lower today. New Residential Investment was down $0.53 (8.1%) to $6.02 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 3,092,868 shares of New Residential Investment exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,669,300 shares. The stock ranged in price between $5.91-$6.08 after having opened the day at $6.00 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $6.55.

New Residential Investment Corp., a real estate investment trust, focuses on investing in residential mortgage related assets. It operates through Servicing Related Assets, Residential Securities and Loans, and Other Investments segments. New Residential Investment has a market cap of $1.7 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 10.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 3 analysts who rate New Residential Investment a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates New Residential Investment as a sell. Among the areas we feel are negative, one of the most important has been the company's poor growth in earnings per share.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on NRZ go as follows:

  • NEW RESIDENTIAL INV CP's earnings per share improvement from the most recent quarter was slightly positive. For the next year, the market is expecting a contraction of 22.9% in earnings ($0.76 versus $0.98).
  • NRZ has underperformed the S&P 500 Index, declining 6.22% from its price level of one year ago.
  • The gross profit margin for NEW RESIDENTIAL INV CP is currently very high, coming in at 88.95%. Regardless of NRZ's high profit margin, it has managed to decrease from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, NRZ's net profit margin of 45.75% significantly outperformed against the industry.
  • Net operating cash flow has improved to $25.37 million from having none in the same quarter last year. Since the company had no net operating cash flow for the prior period, we cannot calculate a percent change in order to compare its growth rate with that of its industry average.

You can view the full analysis from the report here: New Residential Investment Ratings Report

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At the close, Amrep ( AXR) was down $0.09 (2.0%) to $4.38 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 80,617 shares of Amrep exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 11,900 shares. The stock ranged in price between $4.30-$4.46 after having opened the day at $4.43 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $4.47.

AMREP Corporation, through its subsidiaries, is engaged in media services and real estate businesses in the United States. Amrep has a market cap of $35.8 million and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 35.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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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 42.94%, 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 $0.16 (7.2%) to $2.07 on light volume. Throughout the day, 4,481 shares of Supertel Hospitality exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 16,300 shares. The stock ranged in price between $2.07-$2.22 after having opened the day at $2.22 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $2.23.

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 $10.4 million and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 9.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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 63.37%, 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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