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The Real Estate industry as a whole closed the day down 0.4% versus the S&P 500, which was down 0.1%. Laggards within the Real Estate industry included BRASILAGRO - CIA Bras de Prop Agricolas ( LND), down 3.5%, American Realty Investors ( ARL), down 1.8%, China Housing & Land Development ( CHLN), down 1.8%, New England Realty Associates ( NEN), down 1.7% and IFM Investments ( CTC), down 3.4%.

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

Altisource Residential Corporation ( RESI) is one of the companies that pushed the Real Estate industry lower today. Altisource Residential Corporation was down $1.40 (6.6%) to $19.90 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 1,103,754 shares of Altisource Residential Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 530,300 shares. The stock ranged in price between $19.64-$21.35 after having opened the day at $21.30 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $21.30.

Altisource Residential Corporation, through its wholly-owned subsidiary, Altisource Residential, L.P., focuses on acquiring, owning, and managing single-family rental properties in the United States. Altisource Residential Corporation has a market cap of $1.2 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 29.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 3 analysts who rate Altisource Residential Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Altisource Residential Corporation as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, notable return on equity and attractive valuation levels. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the stock has had a generally disappointing performance in the past year.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on RESI go as follows:

  • RESI's very impressive revenue growth greatly exceeded the industry average of 13.7%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues leaped by 452.7%. Growth in the company's revenue appears to have helped boost the earnings per share.
  • Compared to other companies in the Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) industry and the overall market on the basis of return on equity, ALTISOURCE RESIDENTIAL CORP has outperformed in comparison with the industry average, but has underperformed when compared to that of the S&P 500.
  • 45.30% is the gross profit margin for ALTISOURCE RESIDENTIAL CORP which we consider to be strong. Despite the high profit margin, it has decreased significantly from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, RESI's net profit margin of 34.53% compares favorably to the industry average.
  • RESI has underperformed the S&P 500 Index, declining 22.49% from its price level of one year ago. The fact that the stock is now selling for less than others in its industry in relation to its current earnings is not reason enough to justify a buy rating at this time.

You can view the full analysis from the report here: Altisource Residential Corporation Ratings Report

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At the close, IFM Investments ( CTC) was down $0.04 (3.4%) to $1.25 on average volume. Throughout the day, 69,987 shares of IFM Investments exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 90,600 shares. The stock ranged in price between $1.22-$1.26 after having opened the day at $1.26 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1.29.

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 $19.5 million and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 37.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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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's earnings per share declined by 16.7% in the most recent quarter compared to 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 decreased by 16.2% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, dropping from -$5.38 million to -$6.25 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.
  • Looking at the price performance of CTC's shares over the past 12 months, there is not much good news to report: the stock is down 34.32%, and it has underformed the S&P 500 Index. In addition, the company's earnings per share are lower today than 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.
  • The revenue fell significantly faster than the industry average of 0.3%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues fell by 42.8%. The declining revenue appears to have seeped down to the company's bottom line, decreasing earnings per share.

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

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China Housing & Land Development ( CHLN) was another company that pushed the Real Estate industry lower today. China Housing & Land Development was down $0.02 (1.8%) to $0.93 on light volume. Throughout the day, 12,964 shares of China Housing & Land Development exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 37,900 shares. The stock ranged in price between $0.91-$0.95 after having opened the day at $0.95 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $0.95.

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 $32.4 million and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 59.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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.

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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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