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The Utilities sector as a whole closed the day down 0.3% versus the S&P 500, which was down 1.5%. Laggards within the Utilities sector included

American DG Energy

(

ADGE

), down 3.6%,

Ocean Power Technologies

(

OPTT

), down 1.7%,

GreenHunter Resources

(

GRH

), down 5.4%,

Southcross Energy Partners

(

TheStreet Recommends

SXE

), down 1.6% and

Niska Gas Storage Partners

(

NKA

), down 1.9%.

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

Southcross Energy Partners

(

SXE

) is one of the companies that pushed the Utilities sector lower today. Southcross Energy Partners was down $0.34 (1.6%) to $21.45 on light volume. Throughout the day, 38,845 shares of Southcross Energy Partners exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 54,400 shares. The stock ranged in price between $21.45-$21.86 after having opened the day at $21.56 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $21.79.

Southcross Energy Partners, L.P., together with its subsidiaries, provides natural gas gathering, processing, treating, compression, and transportation services in the United States. It also offers natural gas liquid (NGL) fractionation and transportation services. Southcross Energy Partners has a market cap of $511.3 million and is part of the energy industry. Shares are up 20.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 3 analysts who rate Southcross Energy Partners a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates

Southcross Energy Partners

as a

sell

. Among the areas we feel are negative, one of the most important has been poor profit margins.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on SXE go as follows:

  • The gross profit margin for SOUTHCROSS ENERGY PRTNRS LP is currently extremely low, coming in at 4.00%. Regardless of SXE'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 -1.51% trails 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 Oil, Gas & Consumable Fuels industry and the overall market, SOUTHCROSS ENERGY PRTNRS LP's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • The current debt-to-equity ratio, 0.52, 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 0.83 is somewhat weak and could be cause for future problems.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly increased by 592.72% to $9.53 million when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, SOUTHCROSS ENERGY PRTNRS LP has also vastly surpassed the industry average cash flow growth rate of -5.04%.
  • This stock has increased by 28.24% 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 SXE 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:

Southcross Energy Partners Ratings Report

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At the close,

GreenHunter Resources

(

GRH

) was down $0.07 (5.4%) to $1.22 on light volume. Throughout the day, 189,080 shares of GreenHunter Resources exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 644,500 shares. The stock ranged in price between $1.18-$1.32 after having opened the day at $1.30 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1.29.

GreenHunter Resources has a market cap of $47.9 million and is part of the energy industry. Shares are up 11.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 3 analysts who rate GreenHunter Resources a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

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Ocean Power Technologies

(

OPTT

) was another company that pushed the Utilities sector lower today. Ocean Power Technologies was down $0.02 (1.7%) to $1.18 on light volume. Throughout the day, 71,678 shares of Ocean Power Technologies exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 399,400 shares. The stock ranged in price between $1.15-$1.20 after having opened the day at $1.20 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1.20.

Ocean Power Technologies, Inc. develops and commercializes proprietary systems that generate electricity by harnessing the renewable energy of ocean waves primarily in the United States, Europe, Asia, and Australia. Ocean Power Technologies has a market cap of $20.7 million and is part of the energy industry. Shares are down 38.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Ocean Power Technologies

as a

sell

. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its weak operating cash flow and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself.

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Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on OPTT go as follows:

  • Net operating cash flow has declined marginally to -$3.17 million or 2.92% when compared to the same quarter last year. In conjunction, when comparing current results to the industry average, OCEAN POWER TECHNOLOGIES INC has marginally lower results.
  • OPTT's stock share price has done very poorly compared to where it was a year ago: Despite any rallies, the net result is that it is down by 31.18%, which is also worse that the performance of the S&P 500 Index. Investors have so far failed to pay much attention to the earnings improvements the company has managed to achieve over the last quarter. Naturally, the overall market trend is bound to be a significant factor. However, in one sense, the stock's sharp decline last year is a positive for future investors, making it cheaper (in proportion to its earnings over the past year) than most other stocks in its industry. But due to other concerns, we feel the stock is still not a good buy right now.
  • 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, OCEAN POWER TECHNOLOGIES INC's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has exceeded that of the S&P 500, but is less than that of the Electrical Equipment industry average. The net income increased by 12.4% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, going from -$3.75 million to -$3.28 million.
  • OCEAN POWER TECHNOLOGIES INC has improved earnings per share by 47.2% in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. The company has demonstrated a pattern of positive earnings per share growth over the past two years. We feel that this trend should continue. This trend suggests that the performance of the business is improving. During the past fiscal year, OCEAN POWER TECHNOLOGIES INC continued to lose money by earning -$0.94 versus -$1.42 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings (-$0.76 versus -$0.94).

You can view the full analysis from the report here:

Ocean Power Technologies Ratings Report

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