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3 Energy Stocks Nudging The Industry Higher

Editor's Note: Any reference to TheStreet Ratings and its underlying recommendation does not reflect the opinion of TheStreet, Inc. or any of its contributors including Jim Cramer or Stephanie Link.

All three major indices traded up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 32 points (0.2%) at 16,953 as of Friday, June 20, 2014, 3:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,583 issues advancing vs. 1,400 declining with 164 unchanged.

The Energy industry as a whole closed the day up 0.6% versus the S&P 500, which was up 0.2%. Top gainers within the Energy industry included Sonde Resources ( SOQ), up 2.9%, Barnwell Industries ( BRN), up 4.5%, Tengasco ( TGC), up 3.3%, Lucas Energy ( LEI), up 7.8% and Forbes Energy Services ( FES), up 7.7%.

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

Forbes Energy Services ( FES) is one of the companies that pushed the Energy industry higher today. Forbes Energy Services was up $0.32 (7.7%) to $4.50 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 241,116 shares of Forbes Energy Services exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 25,400 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $4.18-$4.69 after having opened the day at $4.23 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $4.18.

Forbes Energy Services Ltd., an independent oilfield services contractor, provides a range of well site services for oil and natural gas drilling and producing companies to develop and enhance the production of oil and natural gas in the United States. Forbes Energy Services has a market cap of $93.1 million and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are up 31.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are no analysts who rate Forbes Energy Services a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Forbes Energy Services as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its disappointing return on equity, weak operating cash flow, poor profit margins and generally high debt management risk.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on FES go as follows:

  • 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. Compared to other companies in the Energy Equipment & Services industry and the overall market, FORBES ENERGY SERVICES LTD's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to $5.57 million or 76.31% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing to the industry average, the firm's growth rate is much lower.
  • The gross profit margin for FORBES ENERGY SERVICES LTD is rather low; currently it is at 24.70%. Regardless of FES's low profit margin, it has managed to increase from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, FES's net profit margin of -1.17% significantly underperformed when compared to the industry average.
  • The debt-to-equity ratio is very high at 2.21 and currently higher than the industry average, implying increased risk associated with the management of debt levels within the company. Regardless of the company's weak debt-to-equity ratio, FES has managed to keep a strong quick ratio of 2.32, which demonstrates the ability to cover short-term cash needs.
  • FORBES ENERGY SERVICES LTD has improved earnings per share by 46.1% 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, FORBES ENERGY SERVICES LTD swung to a loss, reporting -$0.63 versus $0.01 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings (-$0.25 versus -$0.63).

You can view the full analysis from the report here: Forbes Energy Services Ratings Report

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