NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Shares of Doral Financial Corp. (DRL) are lower by 7.66% to $4.22 at the start of trading on Tuesday morning, following reports suggesting Puerto Rico is preparing to file an appeal, by Friday, relating to the ongoing legal dispute between the U.S. territory and the lender.

In October, a judge in Puerto Rico ruled in favor of Doral in its fight with the commonwealth's treasury department regarding a $229 million tax dispute, Reuters reports.

The judge gave Puerto Rico 60 days to file an appeal, the deadline will expire January 2.

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The treasury said it will use "all legal options available" in order to appeal the judge's decision, Reuters noted.

On Monday Doral shares surged 27% on trading volume that was greater than three times its daily average over the past 25 days, Reuters added.

Separately, TheStreet Ratings team rates DORAL FINANCIAL CORP as a Sell with a ratings score of D. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

"We rate DORAL FINANCIAL CORP (DRL) a SELL. This is driven by multiple weaknesses, which we believe should have a greater impact than any strengths, and could make it more difficult for investors to achieve positive results compared to most of the stocks we cover. 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, weak operating cash flow and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself."

Highlights from the analysis by TheStreet Ratings Team goes as follows:

  • DORAL FINANCIAL CORP 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, DORAL FINANCIAL CORP reported poor results of -$14.84 versus -$2.00 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 280.0% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $28.26 million to -$50.87 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, DORAL FINANCIAL CORP's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to $25.70 million or 58.71% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing the cash generation rate to the industry average, the firm's growth is significantly lower.
  • Despite any intermediate fluctuations, we have only bad news to report on this stock's performance over the last year: it has tumbled by 79.04%, worse than the S&P 500's performance. Consistent with the plunge in the stock price, the company's earnings per share are down 301.75% 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.
  • You can view the full analysis from the report here: DRL Ratings Report

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