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The Real Estate industry as a whole closed the day down 0.6% versus the S&P 500, which was down 0.7%. Laggards within the Real Estate industry included BRASILAGRO - CIA Bras de Prop Agricolas ( LND), down 6.1%, Amrep ( AXR), down 2.5%, Wheeler Real Estate Investment ( WHLR), down 2.0%, CIM Commercial ( CMCT), down 2.9% and One Liberty Properties ( OLP), down 1.9%.

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

W P Carey ( WPC) is one of the companies that pushed the Real Estate industry lower today. W P Carey was down $1.13 (1.6%) to $70.52 on light volume. Throughout the day, 157,179 shares of W P Carey exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 478,200 shares. The stock ranged in price between $70.51-$71.97 after having opened the day at $71.61 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $71.65.

W. P. Carey Inc. is an independent equity real estate investment trust. The firm also provides long-term sale-leaseback and build-to-suit financing for companies. It invests in the real estate markets across the globe. W P Carey has a market cap of $7.5 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 16.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there is 1 analyst who rates W P Carey a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates W P Carey as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, compelling growth in net income, good cash flow from operations, expanding profit margins and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on WPC go as follows:

  • The revenue growth greatly exceeded the industry average of 13.7%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 47.8%. This growth in revenue does not appear to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, displaying stagnant earnings per share.
  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has significantly exceeded that of the S&P 500 and the Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) industry. The net income increased by 47.7% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from $18.51 million to $27.34 million.
  • Net operating cash flow has increased to $108.52 million or 44.93% when compared to the same quarter last year. The firm also exceeded the industry average cash flow growth rate of 6.60%.
  • The gross profit margin for W P CAREY INC is currently very high, coming in at 79.86%. It has increased from the same quarter the previous year. Despite the strong results of the gross profit margin, WPC's net profit margin of 13.95% significantly trails the industry average.
  • 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. Turning our attention to the future direction of the stock, it goes without saying that even the best stocks can fall in an overall down market. However, in any other environment, this stock still has good upside potential despite the fact that it has already risen in the past year.

You can view the full analysis from the report here: W P Carey Ratings Report

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At the close, One Liberty Properties ( OLP) was down $0.45 (1.9%) to $23.78 on light volume. Throughout the day, 6,448 shares of One Liberty Properties exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 31,700 shares. The stock ranged in price between $23.75-$24.37 after having opened the day at $24.37 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $24.23.

One Liberty Properties, Inc., a real estate investment trust (REIT), engages in the acquisition, ownership, and management of commercial real estate properties in the United States. One Liberty Properties has a market cap of $391.6 million and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 20.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there is 1 analyst who rates One Liberty Properties a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on OLP go as follows:

  • OLP's revenue growth has slightly outpaced the industry average of 13.7%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 17.0%. 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.
  • Net operating cash flow has slightly increased to $6.82 million or 5.54% when compared to the same quarter last year. Despite an increase in cash flow, ONE LIBERTY PROPERTIES INC's average is still marginally south of the industry average growth rate of 6.60%.
  • 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. Turning our attention to the future direction of the stock, it goes without saying that even the best stocks can fall in an overall down market. However, in any other environment, this stock still has good upside potential despite the fact that it has already risen in the past year.
  • ONE LIBERTY PROPERTIES INC's earnings per share declined by 15.8% in the most recent quarter compared to 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, ONE LIBERTY PROPERTIES INC increased its bottom line by earning $1.10 versus $0.80 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($1.39 versus $1.10).

You can view the full analysis from the report here: One Liberty Properties Ratings Report

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Amrep ( AXR) was another company that pushed the Real Estate industry lower today. Amrep was down $0.10 (2.5%) to $3.85 on light volume. Throughout the day, 7,801 shares of Amrep exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 12,200 shares. The stock ranged in price between $3.85-$4.02 after having opened the day at $4.02 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $3.95.

AMREP Corporation, through its subsidiaries, is engaged in media services and real estate businesses in the United States. Amrep has a market cap of $30.2 million and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 43.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Amrep as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its compelling growth in net income, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and attractive valuation levels. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself and poor profit margins.

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Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on AXR go as follows:

  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has significantly exceeded that of the S&P 500 and the Commercial Services & Supplies industry. The net income increased by 388.5% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from $0.05 million to $0.25 million.
  • AXR's debt-to-equity ratio is very low at 0.24 and is currently below that of the industry average, implying that there has been very successful management of debt levels.
  • 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.
  • The gross profit margin for AMREP CORP is rather low; currently it is at 21.49%. 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, the net profit margin of 1.31% trails the industry average.
  • 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 44.64%, 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.

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

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