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The Real Estate industry as a whole closed the day down 0.5% versus the S&P 500, which was down 0.1%. Laggards within the Real Estate industry included InnSuites Hospitality ( IHT), down 3.4%, Urstadt Biddle Properties ( UBP), down 3.4%, Power REIT ( PW), down 2.0%, China Housing & Land Development ( CHLN), down 2.2% and Impac Mortgage Holdings ( IMH), down 3.6%.

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

Impac Mortgage Holdings ( IMH) is one of the companies that pushed the Real Estate industry lower today. Impac Mortgage Holdings was down $0.21 (3.6%) to $5.61 on average volume. Throughout the day, 15,085 shares of Impac Mortgage Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 12,500 shares. The stock ranged in price between $5.59-$5.85 after having opened the day at $5.78 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $5.82.

Impac Mortgage Holdings, Inc. operates as an independent residential mortgage lender. It operates through three segments: Mortgage Lending, Real Estate Services, and Long-Term Mortgage Portfolio. Impac Mortgage Holdings has a market cap of $52.7 million and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 2.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there is 1 analyst who rates Impac Mortgage Holdings a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Impac Mortgage Holdings 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 IMH go as follows:

  • IMPAC MORTGAGE HOLDINGS 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 reported a trend of declining earnings per share over the past two years. During the past fiscal year, IMPAC MORTGAGE HOLDINGS INC swung to a loss, reporting -$0.58 versus $1.49 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 Thrifts & Mortgage Finance industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 93.3% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $1.22 million to $0.08 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 Thrifts & Mortgage Finance industry and the overall market, IMPAC MORTGAGE HOLDINGS INC'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 30.22%, worse than the S&P 500's performance. Consistent with the plunge in the stock price, the company's earnings per share are down 58.33% 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.
  • IMH, with its decline in revenue, underperformed when compared the industry average of 14.2%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues fell by 25.2%. 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: Impac Mortgage Holdings Ratings Report

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At the close, China Housing & Land Development ( CHLN) was down $0.03 (2.2%) to $1.36 on light volume. Throughout the day, 6,480 shares of China Housing & Land Development exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 39,100 shares. The stock ranged in price between $1.35-$1.36 after having opened the day at $1.35 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1.39.

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 $46.8 million and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 40.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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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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Urstadt Biddle Properties ( UBP) was another company that pushed the Real Estate industry lower today. Urstadt Biddle Properties was down $0.63 (3.4%) to $17.85 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 3,300 shares of Urstadt Biddle Properties exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,700 shares. The stock ranged in price between $17.36-$17.90 after having opened the day at $17.90 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $18.48.

Urstadt Biddle Properties Inc. is a real estate investment trust. The firm invests in the real estate markets of the United States. Urstadt Biddle Properties has a market cap of $169.1 million and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 16.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Urstadt Biddle Properties as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, reasonable valuation levels, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

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Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on UBP go as follows:

  • Despite its growing revenue, the company underperformed as compared with the industry average of 12.2%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 3.8%. This growth in revenue does not appear to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, displayed by a decline in earnings per share.
  • 39.98% is the gross profit margin for URSTADT BIDDLE PROPERTIES which we consider to be strong. It has increased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of 28.73% is above that of the industry average.
  • Net operating cash flow has slightly increased to $12.13 million or 4.42% when compared to the same quarter last year. The firm also exceeded the industry average cash flow growth rate of -24.40%.
  • Compared to where it was a year ago today, the stock is now trading at a higher level, regardless of the company's weak earnings results. Looking ahead, unless broad bear market conditions prevail, we still see more upside potential for this stock, despite the fact that it has already risen over the past year.

You can view the full analysis from the report here: Urstadt Biddle Properties Ratings Report

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