Why HollyFrontier (HFC) Stock Is Tanking On Wednesday

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Shares of HollyFrontier Corp. (HFC) are slumping -8.37% to $44.87 today along with other oil refiners' stock following a decision by the Obama administration granting separate requests by only two energy companies asking for permission export America oil to foreign buyers.

As of right now only Enterprise Products Partners LP (EPD) and Pioneer Natural resources Co. (PXD) were given permission to sell condensate, a type of ultralight oil able to be converted into diesel, jet fuel, and gasoline, outside of the U.S. beginning as early as August, the Wall Street Journal reports.

The U.S. government has had a ban on the sale of American oil to foreign consumers for almost 40 years, but it is likely other companies will submit requests to sell American oil outside of the country, the WSJ said..  

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Separately, TheStreet Ratings team rates HOLLYFRONTIER CORP as a Buy with a ratings score of A-. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

"We rate HOLLYFRONTIER CORP (HFC) a BUY. This is based on the convergence of positive investment measures, which should help this stock outperform the majority of stocks that we rate. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, attractive valuation levels, good cash flow from operations and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income."

Highlights from the analysis by TheStreet Ratings Team goes as follows:

  • HFC's revenue growth has slightly outpaced the industry average of 3.2%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 1.8%. This growth in revenue does not appear to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, displayed by a decline in earnings per share.
  • HFC's debt-to-equity ratio is very low at 0.17 and is currently below that of the industry average, implying that there has been very successful management of debt levels. Along with the favorable debt-to-equity ratio, the company maintains an adequate quick ratio of 1.30, which illustrates the ability to avoid short-term cash problems.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly increased by 58.88% to $394.93 million when compared to the same quarter last year. The firm also exceeded the industry average cash flow growth rate of 17.51%.
  • 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, it goes without saying that even the best stocks can fall in an overall down market. However, in any other environment, this stock still has good upside potential despite the fact that it has already risen in the past year.
  • You can view the full analysis from the report here: HFC Ratings Report
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