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The three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 20 points (0.1%) at 16,715 as of Tuesday, May 13, 2014, 4:20 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,363 issues advancing vs. 1,697 declining with 123 unchanged.

The Utilities sector as a whole was unchanged today versus the S&P 500, which was unchanged. Top gainers within the Utilities sector included Ellomay Capital ( ELLO), up 1.9%, ForceField Energy ( FNRG), up 6.9%, Pure Cycle ( PCYO), up 2.8%, U S Geothermal ( HTM), up 4.9% and American Midstream Partners ( AMID), up 3.3%.

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

U S Geothermal ( HTM) is one of the companies that pushed the Utilities sector higher today. U S Geothermal was up $0.03 (4.9%) to $0.74 on light volume. Throughout the day, 266,722 shares of U S Geothermal exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,349,300 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $0.71-$0.75 after having opened the day at $0.72 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $0.71.

U S Geothermal has a market cap of $72.9 million and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are up 87.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on HTM go as follows:

You can view the full analysis from the report here: U S Geothermal Ratings Report

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At the close, Pure Cycle ( PCYO) was up $0.16 (2.8%) to $5.85 on average volume. Throughout the day, 96,477 shares of Pure Cycle exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 66,800 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $5.69-$5.94 after having opened the day at $5.69 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $5.69.

Pure Cycle Corporation designs, constructs, operates, and maintains water and wastewater systems in the Denver metropolitan area. Pure Cycle has a market cap of $126.9 million and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are down 10.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there is 1 analyst who rates Pure Cycle a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Pure Cycle as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and impressive record of earnings per share growth. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including weak operating cash flow and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on PCYO go as follows:

  • PCYO's very impressive revenue growth greatly exceeded the industry average of 10.1%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues leaped by 69.0%. This growth in revenue appears to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, improving the earnings per share.
  • PCYO's debt-to-equity ratio is very low at 0.09 and is currently below that of the industry average, implying that there has been very successful management of debt levels. To add to this, PCYO has a quick ratio of 2.09, which demonstrates the ability of the company to cover short-term liquidity needs.
  • The gross profit margin for PURE CYCLE CORP is currently very high, coming in at 80.14%. It has increased from the same quarter the previous year. Regardless of the strong results of the gross profit margin, the net profit margin of -61.90% is in-line with the industry average.
  • PCYO has underperformed the S&P 500 Index, declining 24.93% from its price level of one year ago. The fact that the stock is now selling for less than others in its industry in relation to its current earnings is not reason enough to justify a buy rating at this time.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to -$1.44 million or 193.26% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing to the industry average, the firm's growth rate is much lower.

You can view the full analysis from the report here: Pure Cycle Ratings Report

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ForceField Energy ( FNRG) was another company that pushed the Utilities sector higher today. ForceField Energy was up $0.34 (6.9%) to $5.30 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 36,249 shares of ForceField Energy exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 16,300 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $5.01-$5.39 after having opened the day at $5.03 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $4.96.

ForceField Energy Inc., through its subsidiaries, designs, distributes, and licenses alternative energy products and technologies in China and the United States. ForceField Energy has a market cap of $85.8 million and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are down 16.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are no analysts who rate ForceField Energy a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates ForceField Energy as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its disappointing return on equity, feeble growth in its earnings per share and deteriorating net income.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on FNRG go as follows:

  • Return on equity has greatly decreased when compared to its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a signal of major weakness within the corporation. Compared to other companies in the Chemicals industry and the overall market, FORCEFIELD ENERGY INC's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • FORCEFIELD ENERGY INC reported flat earnings per share in the most recent quarter. The company has reported a trend of declining earnings per share over the past two years. During the past fiscal year, FORCEFIELD ENERGY INC reported poor results of -$0.21 versus -$0.04 in the prior year.
  • The change in net income from the same quarter one year ago has exceeded that of the Chemicals industry average, but is less than that of the S&P 500. The net income has decreased by 8.8% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, dropping from -$0.64 million to -$0.70 million.
  • In its most recent trading session, FNRG has closed at a price level that was not very different from its closing price of one year earlier. This is probably due to its weak earnings growth as well as other mixed factors. Turning our attention to the future direction of the stock, we do not believe this stock offers ample reward opportunity to compensate for the risks, despite the fact that it rose over the past year.
  • FNRG's debt-to-equity ratio is very low at 0.07 and is currently below that of the industry average, implying that there has been very successful management of debt levels. Even though the company has a strong debt-to-equity ratio, the quick ratio of 0.31 is very weak and demonstrates a lack of ability to pay short-term obligations.

You can view the full analysis from the report here: ForceField Energy Ratings Report

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