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All three major indices traded up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 115 points (0.7%) at 17,091 as of Friday, July 18, 2014, 3:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 2,387 issues advancing vs. 565 declining with 160 unchanged.

The Energy industry as a whole closed the day up 0.9% versus the S&P 500, which was up 1.0%. Top gainers within the Energy industry included Tengasco ( TGC), up 4.4%, Houston American Energy ( HUSA), up 2.4%, Andatee China Marine Fuel Services ( AMCF), up 1.6%, Mexco Energy ( MXC), up 5.0% and KiOR ( KIOR), up 4.1%.

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

KiOR ( KIOR) is one of the companies that pushed the Energy industry higher today. KiOR was up $0.01 (4.1%) to $0.37 on light volume. Throughout the day, 461,361 shares of KiOR exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 681,400 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $0.35-$0.39 after having opened the day at $0.35 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $0.35.

KiOR has a market cap of $23.6 million and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 78.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on KIOR go as follows:

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

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At the close, Andatee China Marine Fuel Services ( AMCF) was up $0.03 (1.6%) to $1.78 on average volume. Throughout the day, 58,154 shares of Andatee China Marine Fuel Services exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 54,000 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $1.72-$1.82 after having opened the day at $1.74 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1.75.

Andatee China Marine Fuel Services Corporation, through its subsidiaries, engages in the production, storage, distribution, and trading of blended marine fuel oil for cargo and fishing vessels in the People's Republic of China. Andatee China Marine Fuel Services has a market cap of $17.9 million and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are up 2.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are no analysts who rate Andatee China Marine Fuel Services a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Andatee China Marine Fuel Services 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 AMCF go as follows:

  • The debt-to-equity ratio is very high at 4.12 and currently higher than the industry average, implying increased risk associated with the management of debt levels within the company. To add to this, AMCF has a quick ratio of 0.62, this demonstrates the lack of ability of the company to cover short-term liquidity 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 Oil, Gas & Consumable Fuels industry and the overall market, ANDATEE CHINA MARINE FUEL's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • ANDATEE CHINA MARINE FUEL 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 reported a trend of declining earnings per share over the past two years. During the past fiscal year, ANDATEE CHINA MARINE FUEL swung to a loss, reporting -$0.11 versus $0.17 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 Oil, Gas & Consumable Fuels industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 1121.5% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $0.34 million to -$3.42 million.
  • The gross profit margin for ANDATEE CHINA MARINE FUEL is currently extremely low, coming in at 8.50%. Regardless of AMCF's low profit margin, it has managed to increase from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, AMCF's net profit margin of -8.15% significantly underperformed when compared to the industry average.

You can view the full analysis from the report here: Andatee China Marine Fuel Services Ratings Report

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Houston American Energy ( HUSA) was another company that pushed the Energy industry higher today. Houston American Energy was up $0.01 (2.4%) to $0.42 on average volume. Throughout the day, 167,922 shares of Houston American Energy exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 147,500 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $0.38-$0.42 after having opened the day at $0.40 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $0.41.

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 $21.7 million and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are up 65.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are no analysts who rate Houston American Energy a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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 17.51%.
  • 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 58.26% 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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