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The Real Estate industry as a whole closed the day up 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which was up 1.3%. Laggards within the Real Estate industry included Supertel Hospitality ( SPPR), down 1.5%, Stratus Properties ( STRS), down 1.7%, China Housing & Land Development ( CHLN), down 2.9%, Maui Land & Pineapple ( MLP), down 3.6% and Income Opportunity Realty Investors ( IOT), down 2.8%.

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

Maui Land & Pineapple ( MLP) is one of the companies that pushed the Real Estate industry lower today. Maui Land & Pineapple was down $0.22 (3.6%) to $5.82 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 16,803 shares of Maui Land & Pineapple exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 10,200 shares. The stock ranged in price between $5.80-$6.09 after having opened the day at $5.96 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $6.04.

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 $114.3 million and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 0.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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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.
  • 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. Regardless of the strong results of the gross profit margin, the net profit margin of 9.52% trails the industry average.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly increased by 252.23% to $1.98 million when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, MAUI LAND & PINEAPPLE CO has also vastly surpassed the industry average cash flow growth rate of -0.74%.
  • 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.
  • MLP's very impressive revenue growth greatly exceeded the industry average of 11.9%. 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.

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

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At the close, China Housing & Land Development ( CHLN) was down $0.04 (2.9%) to $1.33 on light volume. Throughout the day, 19,991 shares of China Housing & Land Development exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 42,800 shares. The stock ranged in price between $1.30-$1.37 after having opened the day at $1.37 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1.37.

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 $47.2 million and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 41.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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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 poor profit margins.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on CHLN go as follows:

  • Although CHLN's debt-to-equity ratio of 2.64 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. Compared to other companies in the Real Estate Management & Development industry and the overall market, CHINA HOUSING & LAND DEV INC's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • The gross profit margin for CHINA HOUSING & LAND DEV INC is currently extremely low, coming in at 11.50%. It has decreased significantly from the same period last year. Along with this, the net profit margin of -15.34% is significantly below that of the industry average.
  • 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 215.5% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $5.85 million to -$6.76 million.

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

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Supertel Hospitality ( SPPR) was another company that pushed the Real Estate industry lower today. Supertel Hospitality was down $0.03 (1.5%) to $1.95 on light volume. Throughout the day, 1,519 shares of Supertel Hospitality exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 15,300 shares. The stock ranged in price between $1.89-$2.02 after having opened the day at $2.02 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1.98.

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 $9.2 million and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 19.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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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