3 Energy Stocks Driving The Industry Higher

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 158.75 points (-0.9%) at 16,979 as of Thursday, July 17, 2014, 3:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 864 issues advancing vs. 2,100 declining with 172 unchanged.

The Energy industry as a whole closed the day down 1.3% versus the S&P 500, which was down 1.1%. Top gainers within the Energy industry included Tengasco ( TGC), up 3.5%, Sprague Resources ( SRLP), up 3.3%, VOC Energy ( VOC), up 1.9%, Alon USA Partners ( ALDW), up 2.2% and Valero Energy Partners ( VLP), up 5.0%.

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

Alon USA Partners ( ALDW) is one of the companies that pushed the Energy industry higher today. Alon USA Partners was up $0.38 (2.2%) to $17.43 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 314,294 shares of Alon USA Partners exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 160,600 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $16.90-$17.61 after having opened the day at $17.09 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $17.05.

Alon USA Partners, LP refines and markets petroleum products primarily in the South Central and Southwestern regions of the United States. The company owns and operates a crude oil refinery in Big Spring, Texas with crude oil throughput capacity of 70,000 barrels per day. Alon USA Partners has a market cap of $1.1 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 1.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are no analysts who rate Alon USA Partners a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Alon USA Partners 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, poor profit margins and weak operating cash flow.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on ALDW go as follows:

  • ALON USA PARTNERS LP 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. Earnings per share have declined over the last year. We anticipate that this should continue in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, ALON USA PARTNERS LP reported lower earnings of $2.19 versus $3.74 in the prior year. For the next year, the market is expecting a contraction of 12.3% in earnings ($1.92 versus $2.19).
  • 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 54.8% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $93.53 million to $42.24 million.
  • Currently the debt-to-equity ratio of 1.95 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 the unfavorable debt-to-equity ratio, ALDW maintains a poor quick ratio of 0.99, which illustrates the inability to avoid short-term cash problems.
  • The gross profit margin for ALON USA PARTNERS LP is currently extremely low, coming in at 7.99%. It has decreased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of 4.93% trails that of the industry average.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to $45.27 million or 72.83% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing to the industry average, the firm's growth rate is much lower.

You can view the full analysis from the report here: Alon USA Partners Ratings Report

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