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All three major indices traded up today with the

Dow Jones Industrial Average

(

^DJI

) trading up 9 points (0.1%) at 17,695 as of Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014, 3:25 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,959 issues advancing vs. 1,061 declining with 155 unchanged.

The Energy industry as a whole closed the day up 1.8% versus the S&P 500, which was up 0.1%. Top gainers within the Energy industry included

Enerjex Resources

(

ENRJ

), up 2.7%,

New Concept Energy

(

GBR

), up 1.9%,

Tengasco

(

TGC

), up 2.1%,

Samson Oil & Gas

(

SSN

), up 3.4% and

Andatee China Marine Fuel Services

(

AMCF

), up 7.1%.

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

Andatee China Marine Fuel Services

(

AMCF

) is one of the companies that pushed the Energy industry higher today. Andatee China Marine Fuel Services was up $0.11 (7.1%) to $1.66 on light volume. Throughout the day, 21,614 shares of Andatee China Marine Fuel Services exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 137,500 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $1.45-$1.67 after having opened the day at $1.45 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1.55.

Andatee China Marine Fuel Services Corporation, through its subsidiaries, engages in the production, storage, distribution, and trading of blended marine fuel oil for cargo and fishing vessels in the People's Republic of China. Andatee China Marine Fuel Services has a market cap of $15.6 million and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 10.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are no analysts who rate Andatee China Marine Fuel Services a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Andatee China Marine Fuel Services as a

sell

. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its generally high debt management risk, disappointing return on equity and poor profit margins.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on AMCF go as follows:

  • The debt-to-equity ratio is very high at 2.95 and currently higher than the industry average, implying increased risk associated with the management of debt levels within the company. Along with this, the company manages to maintain a quick ratio of 0.38, which clearly demonstrates the inability to cover short-term cash needs.
  • Current return on equity is lower than its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a clear sign of weakness within the company. Compared to other companies in the Oil, Gas & Consumable Fuels industry and the overall market, ANDATEE CHINA MARINE FUEL's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • The gross profit margin for ANDATEE CHINA MARINE FUEL is currently extremely low, coming in at 5.64%. Regardless of AMCF'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 1.65% trails the industry average.
  • ANDATEE CHINA MARINE FUEL reported significant earnings per share improvement in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. This company has not demonstrated a clear trend in earnings over the past 2 years, making it difficult to accurately predict earnings for the coming year. During the past fiscal year, ANDATEE CHINA MARINE FUEL swung to a loss, reporting -$0.11 versus $0.17 in the prior year.
  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has significantly exceeded that of the S&P 500 and the Oil, Gas & Consumable Fuels industry. The net income increased by 3786.1% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from -$0.08 million to $2.91 million.

You can view the full analysis from the report here:

Andatee China Marine Fuel Services Ratings Report

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At the close,

Samson Oil & Gas

(

SSN

) was up $0.01 (3.4%) to $0.30 on light volume. Throughout the day, 231,608 shares of Samson Oil & Gas exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 325,400 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $0.29-$0.32 after having opened the day at $0.32 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $0.29.

Samson Oil & Gas Limited, an independent energy company, acquires, explores for, exploits, and develops oil and natural gas properties in the United States. The company produces crude oil, natural gas, and natural gas liquids. Samson Oil & Gas has a market cap of $40.7 million and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 30.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are no analysts who rate Samson Oil & Gas a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Samson Oil & Gas as a

sell

. The area that we feel has been the company's primary weakness has been its disappointing return on equity.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on SSN go as follows:

  • 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 Oil, Gas & Consumable Fuels industry and the overall market, SAMSON OIL & GAS LTD's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • Compared to where it was trading one year ago, SSN is down 40.43% to its most recent closing price of 0.28. Looking ahead, our view is that this stock still does not have good upside potential and may even suffer further declines.
  • The gross profit margin for SAMSON OIL & GAS LTD is rather high; currently it is at 65.58%. It has increased significantly from the same period last year. Regardless of the strong results of the gross profit margin, the net profit margin of -29.73% is in-line with the industry average.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly increased by 817.54% to $1.23 million when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, SAMSON OIL & GAS LTD has also vastly surpassed the industry average cash flow growth rate of -2.19%.
  • SSN's debt-to-equity ratio is very low at 0.11 and is currently below that of the industry average, implying that there has been very successful management of debt levels. To add to this, SSN has a quick ratio of 1.53, which demonstrates the ability of the company to cover short-term liquidity needs.

You can view the full analysis from the report here:

Samson Oil & Gas Ratings Report

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Enerjex Resources

(

ENRJ

) was another company that pushed the Energy industry higher today. Enerjex Resources was up $0.10 (2.7%) to $3.80 on light volume. Throughout the day, 3,485 shares of Enerjex Resources exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5,100 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $3.78-$3.80 after having opened the day at $3.78 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $3.70.

Enerjex Resources has a market cap of $28.3 million and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 55.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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.