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All three major indices traded up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 12 points (0.1%) at 16,545 as of Thursday, May 22, 2014, 3:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 2,121 issues advancing vs. 844 declining with 178 unchanged.

The Energy industry as a whole closed the day up 0.4% versus the S&P 500, which was up 0.3%. Top gainers within the Energy industry included Lucas Energy ( LEI), up 15.5%, Pyramid Oil ( PDO), up 3.1%, Tengasco ( TGC), up 7.2%, Syntroleum ( SYNM), up 2.1% and TGC Industries ( TGE), up 3.5%.

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

TGC Industries ( TGE) is one of the companies that pushed the Energy industry higher today. TGC Industries was up $0.15 (3.5%) to $4.46 on light volume. Throughout the day, 21,720 shares of TGC Industries exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 59,700 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $4.28-$4.52 after having opened the day at $4.33 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $4.31.

TGC Industries, Inc. provides geophysical services to companies in the oil and gas industry in the United States and Canada. TGC Industries has a market cap of $95.5 million and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 41.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are no analysts who rate TGC Industries a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates TGC Industries as a hold. Among the primary strengths of the company is its solid financial position based on a variety of debt and liquidity measures that we have evaluated. At the same time, however, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and poor profit margins.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on TGE go as follows:

  • TGE's debt-to-equity ratio is very low at 0.08 and is currently below that of the industry average, implying that there has been very successful management of debt levels.
  • The revenue fell significantly faster than the industry average of 10.9%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues fell by 22.8%. The declining revenue appears to have seeped down to the company's bottom line, decreasing earnings per share.
  • TGC INDUSTRIES INC's earnings per share declined by 33.5% in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. The company has reported a trend of declining earnings per share over the past two years. However, the consensus estimate suggests that this trend should reverse in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, TGC INDUSTRIES INC swung to a loss, reporting -$0.28 versus $0.71 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($0.29 versus -$0.28).
  • 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 Energy Equipment & Services industry and the overall market, TGC INDUSTRIES INC's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • The gross profit margin for TGC INDUSTRIES INC is currently lower than what is desirable, coming in at 30.51%. It has decreased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of 8.77% trails that of the industry average.

You can view the full analysis from the report here: TGC Industries Ratings Report

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At the close, Syntroleum ( SYNM) was up $0.07 (2.1%) to $3.47 on light volume. Throughout the day, 18,664 shares of Syntroleum exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 66,000 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $3.39-$3.47 after having opened the day at $3.45 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $3.40.

Syntroleum Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, is engaged in the commercialization and licensing of its technologies for the production of synthetic liquid hydrocarbons in the United States. Syntroleum has a market cap of $32.4 million and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are up 0.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are no analysts who rate Syntroleum a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Syntroleum as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its feeble growth in its earnings per share, disappointing return on equity, weak operating cash flow, deteriorating net income and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on SYNM go as follows:

  • SYNTROLEUM CORP's earnings per share declined by 16.0% in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. The company has suffered a declining pattern earnings per share over the past two years. During the past fiscal year, SYNTROLEUM CORP reported poor results of -$0.81 versus -$0.10 in the prior year.
  • 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 Oil, Gas & Consumable Fuels industry and the overall market, SYNTROLEUM CORP's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to -$3.84 million or 130.76% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing to the industry average, the firm's growth rate is much lower.
  • Looking at the price performance of SYNM's shares over the past 12 months, there is not much good news to report: the stock is down 41.83%, and it has underformed the S&P 500 Index. In addition, the company's earnings per share are lower today than the year-earlier 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 change in net income from the same quarter one year ago has exceeded that of the Oil, Gas & Consumable Fuels industry average, but is less than that of the S&P 500. The net income has decreased by 18.2% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, dropping from -$5.07 million to -$5.99 million.

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

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Lucas Energy ( LEI) was another company that pushed the Energy industry higher today. Lucas Energy was up $0.07 (15.5%) to $0.54 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 714,200 shares of Lucas Energy exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 158,800 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $0.46-$0.69 after having opened the day at $0.48 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $0.47.

Lucas Energy, Inc. operates as an independent oil and gas company in Texas. Lucas Energy has a market cap of $14.7 million and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 49.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are no analysts who rate Lucas Energy a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Lucas Energy 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.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on LEI go as follows:

  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to -$1.01 million or 197.34% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing to the industry average, the firm's growth rate is much lower.
  • LEI'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 57.41%, 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 Oil, Gas & Consumable Fuels industry and the overall market, LUCAS ENERGY INC's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • LEI, with its decline in revenue, underperformed when compared the industry average of 3.3%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues fell by 29.4%. The declining revenue has not hurt the company's bottom line, with increasing earnings per share.
  • LEI's debt-to-equity ratio is very low at 0.24 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 0.46 is very weak and demonstrates a lack of ability to pay short-term obligations.

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

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