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Why FuelCell Energy (FCEL) Stock Is Down Today

Stocks in this article: FCEL

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- FuelCell Energy  (FCEL) fell Wednesday after some bearish commentary on the stock and Toyota's statement that fueling hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles will be expensive.

TheStreet's Jim Cramer said on CNBC's Mad Money that he would stay away from the stock. "These are just total rank speculation stories. I can't go there," he said. "I've got a lot of solid companies that have really good fundamentals that are inexpensive. I'm not going FuelCell."

TheStreetSweeper also wrote an article on Wednesday to call FuelCell overvalued.

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Toyota Senior VP of North America Bob Carter spoke at the JP Morgan Auto Conference and said filling up a tank of vehicles powered by hydrogen fuel cells could be rather expensive. He put a full tank of the clean-burning fuel at approximately $50, though he said the cost would eventually drop to $30, the approximate cost to fill up many high-mileage compact cars.

Separately, TheStreet Ratings team rates FUELCELL ENERGY INC as a "sell" with a ratings score of D-. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

"We rate FUELCELL ENERGY INC (FCEL) a SELL. This is driven by a number of negative factors, which we believe should have a greater impact than any strengths, and could make it more difficult for investors to achieve positive results compared to most of the stocks we cover. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its deteriorating net income and poor profit margins."

Highlights from the analysis by TheStreet Ratings Team goes as follows:

  • 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 Electrical Equipment industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 115.1% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from -$7.37 million to -$15.84 million.
  • The gross profit margin for FUELCELL ENERGY INC is currently extremely low, coming in at 7.11%. It has decreased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of -41.39% is significantly below that of the industry average.
  • The company's current return on equity greatly increased when compared to its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a signal of significant strength within the corporation. Compared to other companies in the Electrical Equipment industry and the overall market, FUELCELL ENERGY INC's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • FCEL, with its decline in revenue, slightly underperformed the industry average of 6.5%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly dropped by 9.8%. The declining revenue appears to have seeped down to the company's bottom line, decreasing earnings per share.
  • FUELCELL ENERGY 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. 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, FUELCELL ENERGY INC continued to lose money by earning -$0.20 versus -$0.24 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings (-$0.14 versus -$0.20).
  • You can view the full analysis from the report here: FCEL Ratings Report

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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.

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