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The Utilities sector as a whole closed the day down 0.5% versus the S&P 500, which was down 0.3%. Laggards within the Utilities sector included

Cadiz

(

CDZI

), down 2.0%,

Centrais Eletricas Brasileiras

(

EBR.B

), down 2.2%,

American Midstream Partners

(

AMID

), down 1.8%,

GreenHunter Resources

(

GRH

), down 10.9% and

Brookfield Infrastructure Partners

(

BIP

), down 2.0%.

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 $0.54 (1.8%) to $30.40 on average volume. Throughout the day, 54,057 shares of American Midstream Partners exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 42,300 shares. The stock ranged in price between $30.07-$31.00 after having opened the day at $31.00 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $30.94.

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 $327.2 million and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are up 14.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. 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

sell

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

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on AMID 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 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 current debt-to-equity ratio, 0.45, is low and is below the industry average, implying that there has been successful management of debt levels. Even though the company has a strong debt-to-equity ratio, the quick ratio of 0.26 is very weak and demonstrates a lack of ability to pay short-term obligations.
  • Investors have driven up the company's shares by 50.86% over the past year, a rise that has exceeded that of the S&P 500 Index. Regarding the future course of this stock, we feel that the risks involved in investing in AMID do not compensate for any future upside potential, despite the fact that it has seen nice gains over the past 12 months.

You can view the full analysis from the report here:

American Midstream Partners Ratings Report

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At the close,

Centrais Eletricas Brasileiras

(

EBR.B

) was down $0.11 (2.2%) to $4.88 on light volume. Throughout the day, 33,031 shares of Centrais Eletricas Brasileiras exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 105,000 shares. The stock ranged in price between $4.88-$4.99 after having opened the day at $4.95 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $4.99.

Centrais Eletricas Brasileiras S.A. - Eletrobras, together with its subsidiaries, generates, transmits, and distributes electricity in Brazil. It projects, builds, and operates generating power plants, and electric power transmission and distribution lines. Centrais Eletricas Brasileiras has a market cap of $6.8 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are up 13.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates

Centrais Eletricas Brasileiras

as a

sell

. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its weak operating cash flow and poor profit margins.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on EBR.B go as follows:

  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to $758.05 million or 58.45% 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 ELETROBRAS-CENTR ELETR BRAS is currently lower than what is desirable, coming in at 27.17%. Despite the low profit margin, it has increased significantly from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, EBR.B's net profit margin of 14.06% compares favorably to the industry average.
  • The return on equity has improved slightly when compared to the same quarter one year prior. This can be construed as a modest strength in the organization. Compared to other companies in the Electric Utilities industry and the overall market, ELETROBRAS-CENTR ELETR BRAS's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • The current debt-to-equity ratio, 0.58, is low and is below the industry average, implying that there has been successful management of debt levels. Although the company had a strong debt-to-equity ratio, its quick ratio of 0.96 is somewhat weak and could be cause for future problems.
  • This stock has increased by 27.54% over the past year, outperforming the rise in the S&P 500 Index during the same period. Regarding the future course of this stock, we feel that the risks involved in investing in EBR.B do not compensate for any future upside potential, despite the fact that it has seen nice gains over the past 12 months.

You can view the full analysis from the report here:

Centrais Eletricas Brasileiras Ratings Report

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Cadiz

(

CDZI

) was another company that pushed the Utilities sector lower today. Cadiz was down $0.18 (2.0%) to $9.18 on light volume. Throughout the day, 16,982 shares of Cadiz exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 54,000 shares. The stock ranged in price between $9.09-$9.35 after having opened the day at $9.35 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $9.36.

Cadiz Inc. operates as a land and water resource development company in the United States. The company is involved in the water resource, and land and agricultural development activities in San Bernardino County properties. Cadiz has a market cap of $151.2 million and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are up 34.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Cadiz

as a

sell

. The area that we feel has been the company's primary weakness has been its feeble growth in its earnings per share.

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Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on CDZI go as follows:

  • CADIZ INC has improved earnings per share by 39.6% 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, CADIZ INC reported poor results of -$1.46 versus -$1.28 in the prior year.
  • The gross profit margin for CADIZ INC is currently very high, coming in at 100.00%. CDZI has managed to maintain the strong profit margin since the same quarter of last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, CDZI's net profit margin of -117350.00% significantly underperformed when compared to the industry average.
  • Along with the stagnant revenue growth, the company underperformed against the industry average of 10.2%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues have remained constant. The stagnant revenue growth has not kept the company from increasing earnings per share.
  • This stock has increased by 101.94% over the past year, outperforming the rise in the S&P 500 Index during the same period. Regarding the future course of this stock, we feel that the risks involved in investing in CDZI do not compensate for any future upside potential, despite the fact that it has seen nice gains over the past 12 months.
  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has greatly exceeded that of the S&P 500, but is less than that of the Water Utilities industry average. The net income increased by 36.9% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from -$7.44 million to -$4.69 million.

You can view the full analysis from the report here:

Cadiz Ratings Report

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