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All three major indices traded up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 22 points (0.1%) at 16,756 as of Friday, June 13, 2014, 3:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,626 issues advancing vs. 1,329 declining with 172 unchanged.

The Energy industry as a whole closed the day up 0.9% versus the S&P 500, which was up 0.2%. Top gainers within the Energy industry included Sonde Resources ( SOQ), up 2.9%, WSP Holdings ( WH), up 3.2%, Lucas Energy ( LEI), up 24.0%, Tengasco ( TGC), up 5.1% and Escalera Resources ( ESCR), up 4.4%.

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

Lucas Energy ( LEI) is one of the companies that pushed the Energy industry higher today. Lucas Energy was up $0.13 (24.0%) to $0.70 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 378,208 shares of Lucas Energy exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 110,300 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $0.58-$0.70 after having opened the day at $0.60 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $0.56.

Lucas Energy, Inc. operates as an independent oil and gas company in Texas. Lucas Energy has a market cap of $15.9 million and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 45.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are no analysts who rate Lucas Energy a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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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 58.92%, 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 3.1%. 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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At the close, WSP Holdings ( WH) was up $0.03 (3.2%) to $0.98 on average volume. Throughout the day, 55,611 shares of WSP Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 55,700 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $0.90-$1.02 after having opened the day at $1.02 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $0.95.

WSP Holdings Limited, together with its subsidiaries, manufactures and sells seamless oil country tubular goods. WSP Holdings has a market cap of $19.2 million and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 65.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are no analysts who rate WSP Holdings a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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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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Sonde Resources ( SOQ) was another company that pushed the Energy industry higher today. Sonde Resources was up $0.01 (2.9%) to $0.36 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 77,569 shares of Sonde Resources exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 28,900 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $0.34-$0.36 after having opened the day at $0.35 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $0.35.

Sonde Resources has a market cap of $18.5 million and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 49.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on SOQ go as follows:

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

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