Boston, MA -- (SBWIRE) -- 09/10/2013 -- At winstonsmallcap.com we focus on undervalued companies trading under $5. Right now the markets are surging and we are seeing an opportunity in micro-cap companies like we have never seen before. Let have a Look on: (Education Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE:EDR), CYS Investments Inc(NYSE:CYS), M.D.C. Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:MDC), Francesca's Holdings Corp(NASDAQ:FRAN)
Education Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE:EDR) stock gained 1.75% to $8.72. The company on Sept. 9 released an investor presentation and update to its fall 2013 pre-leasing statistics on Form 8-K in connection with upcoming investor meetings. The presentation also includes data on university enrollment trends for schools served by EdR and other student housing industry statistics.
As of September 4, 2013, fall 2013 same-community pre-leasing occupancy was 93.6%, a 290 basis point improvement over the prior year, with the improvement over prior year widening 90 basis points since our pre-leasing statistics released as of August 13, 2013.
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CYS Investments Inc(NYSE:CYS) shares climbed 1.31% to $7.75. The company announced that Kevin E. Grant, CFA, the Company's CEO and President, will deliver a presentation at the Barclays Global Financial Services Conference at The New York Hilton Midtown on Tuesday, September 10, 2013 at approximately 8:15 a.m. (ET).
Additionally, CYS’s stock was downgraded by equities researchers at Maxim Group from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report issued on August 13. They currently have a $10.00 target price on the stock.
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M.D.C. Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:MDC) shares jumped 6.22% and closed at $29.37. The company on Sept. 4 announce that its Richmond American Homes of Arizonasubsidiary is opening a brand new community in the Tucsonarea. Eagle Crest Ranch, which is planned to officially open for sales on September 6, 2013, is scheduled to offer a variety of new single- and two-story homes ranging from approximately 1,700 to 2,700 finished square feet. Planned home features include beautifully appointed exteriors, spacious, open living spaces and ample closet space.
Additionally, MDC’s stock was upgraded by research analysts at Citigroup Inc. to a “neutral” rating in a report released on Sept. 9.
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Francesca's Holdings Corp(NASDAQ:FRAN) shares gained 1.94% to $18.40. The company on Sept. 4 said its fiscal second-quarter profit rose 16% amid higher revenue, but results missed expectations. For the quarter ended Aug. 3 Francesca's reported a profit of $14.6 million, or 33 cents a share, versus a year-before profit of $12.7 million, or 28 cents a share. Net sales grew 17% to $89.6 million. In June, Francesca's had forecast earnings of 35 cents to 36 cents a share and revenue of $94.5 million to $95.5 million.
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