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3 Stocks Pushing The Utilities Sector Lower

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The Utilities sector as a whole closed the day down 1.0% versus the S&P 500, which was up 0.1%. Laggards within the Utilities sector included U S Geothermal ( HTM), down 3.1%, Gas Natural ( EGAS), down 3.6%, American Midstream Partners ( AMID), down 1.7%, GreenHunter Resources ( GRH), down 13.5% and Ormat Technologies ( ORA), down 1.7%.

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

American Midstream Partners ( AMID) is one of the companies that pushed the Utilities sector lower today. American Midstream Partners was down $0.52 (1.7%) to $30.08 on light volume. Throughout the day, 26,855 shares of American Midstream Partners exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 41,600 shares. The stock ranged in price between $30.00-$31.14 after having opened the day at $30.60 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $30.60.

American Midstream Partners, LP is engaged in gathering, treating, processing, and transporting natural gas primarily in the Gulf Coast and Southeast regions of the United States. American Midstream Partners has a market cap of $344.7 million and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are up 13.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 2 analysts who rate American Midstream Partners a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates American Midstream Partners as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, solid stock price performance and increase in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including disappointing return on equity and poor profit margins.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on AMID go as follows:

  • The revenue growth greatly exceeded the industry average of 3.6%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 27.7%. 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 43.97% over the past year, a rise that has exceeded that of the S&P 500 Index. Regarding the stock's future course, our hold rating indicates that we do not recommend additional investment in this stock despite its gains in the past year.
  • AMERICAN MIDSTREAM PRTNRS LP has improved earnings per share by 20.5% 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, AMERICAN MIDSTREAM PRTNRS LP reported poor results of -$6.84 versus -$0.73 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings (-$0.53 versus -$6.84).
  • The gross profit margin for AMERICAN MIDSTREAM PRTNRS LP is currently extremely low, coming in at 13.34%. Regardless of AMID'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 0.52% trails the industry average.
  • 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 Oil, Gas & Consumable Fuels industry and the overall market, AMERICAN MIDSTREAM PRTNRS LP's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.

You can view the full analysis from the report here: American Midstream Partners Ratings Report

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