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The Energy industry as a whole closed the day down 1.4% versus the S&P 500, which was down 0.5%. Laggards within the Energy industry included Enerjex Resources ( ENRJ), down 2.7%, Lucas Energy ( LEI), down 3.3%, Escalera Resources ( ESCR), down 2.7%, Houston American Energy ( HUSA), down 4.4% and Forbes Energy Services ( FES), down 3.2%.

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

Houston American Energy ( HUSA) is one of the companies that pushed the Energy industry lower today. Houston American Energy was down $0.02 (4.4%) to $0.43 on average volume. Throughout the day, 180,843 shares of Houston American Energy exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 178,300 shares. The stock ranged in price between $0.43-$0.46 after having opened the day at $0.45 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $0.45.

Houston American Energy Corp., an independent energy company, explores for, develops, and produces natural gas, crude oil, and condensate from properties located principally in the Gulf Coast area of the United States and South America. Houston American Energy has a market cap of $23.5 million and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are up 79.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Houston American Energy as a sell. The area that we feel has been the company's primary weakness has been its disappointing return on equity.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on HUSA go as follows:

  • 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, HOUSTON AMERN ENERGY CORP's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • The gross profit margin for HOUSTON AMERN ENERGY CORP is currently very high, coming in at 74.53%. 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 -504.71% is in-line with the industry average.
  • Net operating cash flow has increased to -$0.70 million or 19.70% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, HOUSTON AMERN ENERGY CORP has also modestly surpassed the industry average cash flow growth rate of 17.65%.
  • HUSA has no debt to speak of therefore resulting in a debt-to-equity ratio of zero, which we consider to be a relatively favorable sign. Along with this, the company maintains a quick ratio of 35.70, which clearly demonstrates the ability to cover short-term cash needs.
  • This stock has increased by 76.85% over the past year, outperforming the rise in the S&P 500 Index during the same period. Regarding the future course of this stock, we feel that the risks involved in investing in HUSA do not compensate for any future upside potential, despite the fact that it has seen nice gains over the past 12 months.

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

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At the close, Lucas Energy ( LEI) was down $0.02 (3.3%) to $0.58 on light volume. Throughout the day, 17,992 shares of Lucas Energy exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 110,600 shares. The stock ranged in price between $0.58-$0.62 after having opened the day at $0.60 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $0.60.

Lucas Energy, Inc. operates as an independent oil and gas company in Texas. Lucas Energy has a market cap of $20.0 million and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 37.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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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 unimpressive growth in net income, weak operating cash flow and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on LEI go as follows:

  • 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 Oil, Gas & Consumable Fuels industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 70.3% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from -$0.62 million to -$1.05 million.
  • Net operating cash flow has decreased to -$0.36 million or 28.67% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing the cash generation rate to the industry average, the firm's growth is significantly lower.
  • Despite any intermediate fluctuations, we have only bad news to report on this stock's performance over the last year: it has tumbled by 56.72%, worse than the S&P 500's performance. Consistent with the plunge in the stock price, the company's earnings per share are down 100.00% compared to 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.
  • Current return on equity exceeded its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a clear sign of strength within the company. 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.
  • 43.57% is the gross profit margin for LUCAS ENERGY INC which we consider to be strong. Despite the high profit margin, it has decreased significantly from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, LEI's net profit margin of -91.65% significantly underperformed when compared to the industry average.

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

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Enerjex Resources ( ENRJ) was another company that pushed the Energy industry lower today. Enerjex Resources was down $0.20 (2.7%) to $7.20 on light volume. Throughout the day, 2,600 shares of Enerjex Resources exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6,100 shares. The stock ranged in price between $7.20-$7.40 after having opened the day at $7.40 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $7.40.

Enerjex Resources has a market cap of $54.0 million and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 10.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on ENRJ go as follows:

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

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