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LickitySplit1   Monday, 07/28/14 09:41:43 AM
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3 Stocks Pushing The Real Estate Industry Lower
By TheStreet Wire Follow07/25/14 - 04:01 PM EDT

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Impac Mortgage Holdings ( IMH) was another company that pushed the Real Estate industry lower today. Impac Mortgage Holdings was down $0.10 (1.8%) to $5.49 on light volume. Throughout the day, 8,401 shares of Impac Mortgage Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 16,600 shares. The stock ranged in price between $5.25-$5.58 after having opened the day at $5.25 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $5.59.

Impac Mortgage Holdings, Inc. operates as an independent residential mortgage lender. It operates through three segments: Mortgage Lending, Real Estate Services, and Long-Term Mortgage Portfolio. Impac Mortgage Holdings has a market cap of $54.2 million and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 6.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there is 1 analyst who rates Impac Mortgage Holdings a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Impac Mortgage Holdings as a sell. 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 and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself.

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Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on IMH go as follows:

IMPAC MORTGAGE HOLDINGS INC 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 suffered a declining pattern earnings per share over the past two years. During the past fiscal year, IMPAC MORTGAGE HOLDINGS INC swung to a loss, reporting -$0.59 versus $1.49 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 301.9% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from -$0.74 million to -$2.97 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, IMPAC MORTGAGE HOLDINGS INC's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
Despite any intermediate fluctuations, we have only bad news to report on this stock's performance over the last year: it has tumbled by 51.37%, worse than the S&P 500's performance. Consistent with the plunge in the stock price, the company's earnings per share are down 1700.00% 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.
IMH, with its decline in revenue, underperformed when compared the industry average of 0.1%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues fell by 27.4%. Weakness in the company's revenue seems to have hurt the bottom line, decreasing earnings per share.
You can view the full analysis from the report here: Impac Mortgage Holdings Ratings Report

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