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The Real Estate industry as a whole closed the day down 0.4% versus the S&P 500, which was down 0.4%. Laggards within the Real Estate industry included American Realty Investors ( ARL), down 1.7%, Amrep ( AXR), down 2.0%, Elbit Imaging ( EMITF), down 1.7%, Wheeler Real Estate Investment ( WHLR), down 2.0% and Gazit-Globe ( GZT), down 2.8%.

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

GEO Group ( GEO) is one of the companies that pushed the Real Estate industry lower today. GEO Group was down $1.46 (3.3%) to $42.49 on average volume. Throughout the day, 580,025 shares of GEO Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 457,400 shares. The stock ranged in price between $42.43-$44.00 after having opened the day at $43.90 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $43.95.

The GEO Group, Inc. provides government-outsourced services specializing in the management of correctional, detention, and re-entry facilities, and the provision of community based services and youth services in the United States, Australia, South Africa, the United Kingdom, and Canada. GEO Group has a market cap of $3.3 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 8.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 4 analysts who rate GEO Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates GEO Group as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, reasonable valuation levels, solid stock price performance, increase in net income and growth in earnings per share. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on GEO go as follows:

  • The revenue growth came in higher than the industry average of 0.6%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 20.6%. This growth in revenue appears to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, improving 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 37.79% 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, GEO should continue to move higher despite the fact that it has already enjoyed a very nice gain in the past year.
  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has exceeded that of the S&P 500 and the Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) industry average. The net income increased by 30.4% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from $29.90 million to $38.99 million.
  • GEO GROUP INC has improved earnings per share by 20.0% 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, GEO GROUP INC reported lower earnings of $1.64 versus $2.37 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($1.99 versus $1.64).

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

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At the close, Gazit-Globe ( GZT) was down $0.37 (2.8%) to $12.79 on light volume. Throughout the day, 2,507 shares of Gazit-Globe exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6,500 shares. The stock ranged in price between $12.74-$12.82 after having opened the day at $12.76 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $13.16.

Gazit-Globe Ltd., through its subsidiaries, owns, develops, operates, and redevelops supermarket-anchored shopping centers in North America, Europe, Israel, and Brazil. The company operates in two segments, Standing Investment and Development. Gazit-Globe has a market cap of $2.3 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 12.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Gazit-Globe as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its reasonable valuation levels, increase in stock price during the past year and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, generally higher debt management risk and disappointing return on equity.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on GZT go as follows:

  • Compared to where it was 12 months ago, the stock is up, but it has so far lagged the appreciation in the S&P 500. Despite the fact that it has already risen in the past year, there is currently no conclusive evidence that warrants the purchase or sale of this stock.
  • GAZIT GLOBE 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. Stable Earnings per share over the past year indicate the company has sound management over its earnings and share float. During the past fiscal year, GAZIT GLOBE increased its bottom line by earning $1.52 versus $1.51 in the prior year.
  • The company's current return on equity has slightly decreased from the same quarter one year prior. This implies a minor weakness in the organization. When compared to other companies in the Real Estate Management & Development industry and the overall market, GAZIT GLOBE's return on equity is below that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • 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 significantly decreased by 110.8% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $90.73 million to -$9.77 million.

You can view the full analysis from the report here: Gazit-Globe Ratings Report

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Amrep ( AXR) was another company that pushed the Real Estate industry lower today. Amrep was down $0.08 (2.0%) to $3.90 on average volume. Throughout the day, 8,256 shares of Amrep exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 8,700 shares. The stock ranged in price between $3.90-$3.94 after having opened the day at $3.90 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $3.98.

AMREP Corporation, through its subsidiaries, is engaged in media services and real estate businesses in the United States. Amrep has a market cap of $32.2 million and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 3.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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 43.98%, 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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