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The Real Estate industry as a whole closed the day down 1.6% versus the S&P 500, which was down 0.3%. Laggards within the Real Estate industry included BRASILAGRO - CIA Bras de Prop Agricolas ( LND), down 3.1%, Optibase ( OBAS), down 5.2%, China Housing & Land Development ( CHLN), down 4.4%, Gyrodyne Company of America ( GYRO), down 2.3% and Urstadt Biddle Properties ( UBP), down 4.8%.

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

Federal Realty Investment ( FRT) is one of the companies that pushed the Real Estate industry lower today. Federal Realty Investment was down $4.74 (3.2%) to $142.30 on average volume. Throughout the day, 444,400 shares of Federal Realty Investment exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 340,100 shares. The stock ranged in price between $141.29-$147.04 after having opened the day at $146.96 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $147.04.

Federal Realty Investment Trust operates as a real estate investment trust, which engages in the ownership, management, development, and redevelopment of retail and mixed-use properties. Federal Realty Investment has a market cap of $9.9 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 10.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 3 analysts who rate Federal Realty Investment a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Federal Realty Investment as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share 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 FRT go as follows:

  • FRT's revenue growth has slightly outpaced the industry average of 6.8%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 7.5%. Growth in the company's revenue appears to have helped boost the earnings per share.
  • Investors have apparently begun to recognize positive factors similar to those we have mentioned in this report, including earnings growth. This has helped drive up the company's shares by a sharp 36.27% over the past year, a rise that has exceeded that of the S&P 500 Index. Regarding the stock's future course, although almost any stock can fall in a broad market decline, FRT should continue to move higher despite the fact that it has already enjoyed a very nice gain in the past year.
  • FEDERAL REALTY INVESTMENT TR has improved earnings per share by 21.1% 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, FEDERAL REALTY INVESTMENT TR reported lower earnings of $2.08 versus $2.32 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($2.50 versus $2.08).
  • 39.72% is the gross profit margin for FEDERAL REALTY INVESTMENT TR which we consider to be strong. Regardless of FRT's high profit margin, it has managed to decrease from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, FRT's net profit margin of 27.46% compares favorably to the industry average.
  • Net operating cash flow has decreased to $69.78 million or 12.81% when compared to the same quarter last year. In conjunction, when comparing current results to the industry average, FEDERAL REALTY INVESTMENT TR has marginally lower results.

You can view the full analysis from the report here: Federal Realty Investment Ratings Report

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At the close, Urstadt Biddle Properties ( UBP) was down $0.97 (4.8%) to $19.12 on average volume. Throughout the day, 900 shares of Urstadt Biddle Properties exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,000 shares. The stock ranged in price between $19.12-$19.91 after having opened the day at $19.91 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $20.09.

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 $182.7 million and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 7.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Urstadt Biddle Properties as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, reasonable valuation levels, expanding profit margins and good cash flow from operations. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on UBP go as follows:

  • UBP's revenue growth has slightly outpaced the industry average of 6.8%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 8.7%. Growth in the company's revenue appears to have helped boost the earnings per share.
  • Powered by its strong earnings growth of 600.00% and other important driving factors, this stock has surged by 28.45% over the past year, outperforming the rise in the S&P 500 Index during the same period. Regarding the stock's future course, although almost any stock can fall in a broad market decline, UBP should continue to move higher despite the fact that it has already enjoyed a very nice gain in the past year.
  • 40.21% 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 120.72% significantly outperformed against the industry average.
  • Net operating cash flow has increased to $16.44 million or 11.55% when compared to the same quarter last year. The firm also exceeded the industry average cash flow growth rate of -7.14%.

You can view the full analysis from the report here: Urstadt Biddle Properties 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 (4.4%) to $0.43 on light volume. Throughout the day, 14,530 shares of China Housing & Land Development exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 35,800 shares. The stock ranged in price between $0.43-$0.46 after having opened the day at $0.46 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $0.45.

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 $16.4 million and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 7.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

TheStreet Ratings rates China Housing & Land Development as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its generally high debt management risk, disappointing return on equity, generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself 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 2.58 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.
  • CHLN'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 78.78%, 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.
  • The gross profit margin for CHINA HOUSING & LAND DEV INC is rather low; currently it is at 23.40%. Regardless of CHLN'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 7.83% trails the industry average.
  • CHINA HOUSING & LAND DEV INC reported significant earnings per share improvement in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. This company has not demonstrated a clear trend in earnings over the past 2 years, making it difficult to accurately predict earnings for the coming year. During the past fiscal year, CHINA HOUSING & LAND DEV INC reported lower earnings of $0.34 versus $0.56 in the prior year.

You can view the full analysis from the report here: China Housing & Land Development Ratings Report

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