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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 95.08 points (-0.5%) at 17,729 as of Monday, Feb. 9, 2015, 4:20 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,265 issues advancing vs. 1,837 declining with 125 unchanged.

The Real Estate industry as a whole closed the day down 0.4% versus the S&P 500, which was down 0.4%. Top gainers within the Real Estate industry included China Housing & Land Development ( CHLN), up 5.1%, Gyrodyne Company of America ( GYRO), up 4.2%, Maui Land & Pineapple ( MLP), up 1.6%, Intergroup ( INTG), up 3.6% and CIM Commercial ( CMCT), up 6.7%.

TheStreet Ratings Group would like to highlight 3 stocks pushing the industry higher today:

Intergroup ( INTG) is one of the companies that pushed the Real Estate industry higher today. Intergroup was up $0.65 (3.6%) to $18.69 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 19,633 shares of Intergroup exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 8,100 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $17.99-$18.69 after having opened the day at $18.12 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $18.04.

Intergroup has a market cap of $45.5 million and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 2.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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At the close, Maui Land & Pineapple ( MLP) was up $0.10 (1.6%) to $6.27 on light volume. Throughout the day, 2,943 shares of Maui Land & Pineapple exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 9,800 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $6.21-$6.29 after having opened the day at $6.28 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $6.17.

Maui Land & Pineapple Company, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, develops, sells, and manages residential, resort, commercial, and industrial real estate properties. The company operates through four segments: Real Estate, Leasing, Utilities, and Resort Amenities. Maui Land & Pineapple has a market cap of $117.6 million and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 2.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are no analysts who rate Maui Land & Pineapple a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Maui Land & Pineapple as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the stock has experienced relatively poor performance when compared with the S&P 500 during the past year.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on MLP go as follows:

  • MAUI LAND & PINEAPPLE CO 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 two years. During the past fiscal year, MAUI LAND & PINEAPPLE CO continued to lose money by earning -$0.14 versus -$0.27 in the prior year.
  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has significantly exceeded that of the S&P 500 and the Real Estate Management & Development industry. The net income increased by 52.1% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from -$1.56 million to -$0.75 million.
  • 37.17% is the gross profit margin for MAUI LAND & PINEAPPLE CO which we consider to be strong. It has increased significantly from the same period last year. Regardless of the strong results of the gross profit margin, the net profit margin of -27.34% is in-line with the industry average.
  • MLP, with its decline in revenue, slightly underperformed the industry average of 1.5%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly dropped by 2.7%. The declining revenue has not hurt the company's bottom line, with increasing earnings per share.
  • In its most recent trading session, MLP has closed at a price level that was not very different from its closing price of one year earlier. This is probably due to its weak earnings growth as well as other mixed factors. We feel that the combination of its price rise over the last year and its current price-to-earnings ratio relative to its industry tend to reduce its upside potential.

You can view the full analysis from the report here: Maui Land & Pineapple Ratings Report

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China Housing & Land Development ( CHLN) was another company that pushed the Real Estate industry higher today. China Housing & Land Development was up $0.02 (5.1%) to $0.45 on light volume. Throughout the day, 18,028 shares of China Housing & Land Development exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 35,200 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $0.43-$0.47 after having opened the day at $0.43 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $0.43.

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 $15.7 million and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 15.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are no analysts who rate China Housing & Land Development a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on CHLN go as follows:

  • The debt-to-equity ratio is very high at 2.58 and currently higher than the industry average, implying increased risk associated with the management of debt levels within the company.
  • 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 79.55%, 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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