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The Energy industry as a whole closed the day down 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which was up 0.1%. Laggards within the Energy industry included PostRock Energy ( PSTR), down 2.7%, WSP Holdings ( WH), down 34.1%, Syntroleum ( SYNM), down 3.9%, Houston American Energy ( HUSA), down 2.2% and TGC Industries ( TGE), down 4.8%.

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

Syntroleum ( SYNM) is one of the companies that pushed the Energy industry lower today. Syntroleum was down $0.14 (3.9%) to $3.42 on average volume. Throughout the day, 57,697 shares of Syntroleum exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 60,400 shares. The stock ranged in price between $3.40-$3.55 after having opened the day at $3.53 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $3.56.

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 $37.4 million and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are up 5.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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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 36.35%, 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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At the close, WSP Holdings ( WH) was down $0.72 (34.1%) to $1.39 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 248,214 shares of WSP Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 23,700 shares. The stock ranged in price between $1.33-$1.92 after having opened the day at $1.86 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $2.11.

WSP Holdings Limited, together with its subsidiaries, manufactures and sells seamless oil country tubular goods. WSP Holdings has a market cap of $36.8 million and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 23.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates WSP Holdings as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its feeble growth in its earnings per share, deteriorating net income, generally high debt management risk, disappointing return on equity and poor profit margins.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on WH go as follows:

  • WSP HOLDINGS LTD has experienced a steep decline in earnings per share in the most recent quarter in comparison to its performance from 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, WSP HOLDINGS LTD reported poor results of -$4.12 versus -$3.30 in the prior year.
  • The company, on the basis of change in net income from the same quarter one year ago, has significantly underperformed when compared to that of the S&P 500 and the Energy Equipment & Services industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 55.5% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from -$16.61 million to -$25.83 million.
  • The debt-to-equity ratio is very high at 6.75 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 0.33, which clearly demonstrates the inability to cover short-term cash needs.
  • 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, WSP HOLDINGS LTD's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • The gross profit margin for WSP HOLDINGS LTD is rather low; currently it is at 20.56%. Despite the low profit margin, it has increased significantly from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, WH's net profit margin of -21.64% significantly underperformed when compared to the industry average.

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

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PostRock Energy ( PSTR) was another company that pushed the Energy industry lower today. PostRock Energy was down $0.04 (2.7%) to $1.46 on light volume. Throughout the day, 17,041 shares of PostRock Energy exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 25,100 shares. The stock ranged in price between $1.42-$1.48 after having opened the day at $1.46 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1.50.

PostRock Energy Corporation, an independent oil and gas company, is engaged in the acquisition, exploration, development, production, and gathering of crude oil and natural gas. PostRock Energy has a market cap of $42.7 million and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are up 29.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

TheStreet Ratings rates PostRock Energy as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its generally high debt management risk and weak operating cash flow.

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Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on PSTR go as follows:

  • Currently the debt-to-equity ratio of 1.58 is quite high overall and when compared to the industry average, suggesting that the current management of debt levels should be re-evaluated. Along with this, the company manages to maintain a quick ratio of 0.45, which clearly demonstrates the inability to cover short-term cash needs.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to $2.32 million or 94.14% 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 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, POSTROCK ENERGY CORP's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • Compared to where it was 12 months ago, the stock is up, but it has so far lagged the appreciation in the S&P 500. 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.
  • 46.64% is the gross profit margin for POSTROCK ENERGY CORP which we consider to be strong. 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 -40.89% is in-line with the industry average.

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

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