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The Real Estate industry as a whole closed the day down 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which was unchanged. Laggards within the Real Estate industry included InnSuites Hospitality ( IHT), down 1.6%, JW Mays ( MAYS), down 5.5%, Amrep ( AXR), down 1.7%, Elbit Imaging ( EMITF), down 1.6% and IFM Investments ( CTC), down 3.2%.

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

Ashford Hospitality ( AHT) is one of the companies that pushed the Real Estate industry lower today. Ashford Hospitality was down $0.89 (7.9%) to $10.35 on average volume. Throughout the day, 474,824 shares of Ashford Hospitality exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 518,500 shares. The stock ranged in price between $10.34-$11.00 after having opened the day at $10.92 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $11.24.

Ashford Hospitality Trust, Inc. is a publicly owned real estate investment trust. The firm engages in investment and management of properties in the hospitality industry. It invests in the real estate markets of the United States. Ashford Hospitality has a market cap of $1.0 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 35.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 5 analysts who rate Ashford Hospitality a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Ashford Hospitality as a hold. Among the primary strengths of the company is its solid stock price performance. At the same time, however, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and poor profit margins.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on AHT go as follows:

  • Compared to its closing price of one year ago, AHT's share price has jumped by 33.45%, exceeding the performance of the broader market during that same time frame. Regarding the stock's future course, our hold rating indicates that we do not recommend additional investment in this stock despite its gains in the past year.
  • ASHFORD HOSPITALITY TRUST 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 reported somewhat volatile earnings recently. But, we feel it is poised for EPS growth in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, ASHFORD HOSPITALITY TRUST continued to lose money by earning -$0.99 versus -$1.26 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings (-$0.75 versus -$0.99).
  • The revenue fell significantly faster than the industry average of 13.7%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues fell by 17.1%. The declining revenue appears to have seeped down to the company's bottom line, decreasing earnings per share.
  • Net operating cash flow has declined marginally to $51.30 million or 8.17% when compared to the same quarter last year. In conjunction, when comparing current results to the industry average, ASHFORD HOSPITALITY TRUST has marginally lower results.
  • 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 122.3% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $7.11 million to -$1.59 million.

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

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At the close, IFM Investments ( CTC) was down $0.04 (3.2%) to $1.21 on light volume. Throughout the day, 56,409 shares of IFM Investments exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 89,300 shares. The stock ranged in price between $1.20-$1.28 after having opened the day at $1.28 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1.25.

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 $19.2 million and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 39.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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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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Amrep ( AXR) was another company that pushed the Real Estate industry lower today. Amrep was down $0.07 (1.7%) to $3.95 on light volume. Throughout the day, 3,925 shares of Amrep exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 13,900 shares. The stock ranged in price between $3.86-$4.03 after having opened the day at $3.93 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $4.02.

AMREP Corporation, through its subsidiaries, is engaged in media services and real estate businesses in the United States. Amrep has a market cap of $32.1 million and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 42.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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.

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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 49.48%, 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 9.2%. 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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