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The Utilities sector as a whole closed the day down 1.5% versus the S&P 500, which was down 1.8%. Laggards within the Utilities sector included Ellomay Capital ( ELLO), down 1.9%, American DG Energy ( ADGE), down 4.8%, U S Geothermal ( HTM), down 2.9%, Cadiz ( CDZI), down 3.4% and Pure Cycle ( PCYO), down 2.2%.

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

Pure Cycle ( PCYO) is one of the companies that pushed the Utilities sector lower today. Pure Cycle was down $0.15 (2.2%) to $6.64 on light volume. Throughout the day, 34,101 shares of Pure Cycle exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 105,600 shares. The stock ranged in price between $6.63-$6.75 after having opened the day at $6.69 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $6.79.

Pure Cycle Corporation designs, constructs, operates, and maintains water and wastewater systems in the Denver metropolitan area. Pure Cycle has a market cap of $163.0 million and is part of the energy industry. Shares are up 7.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there is 1 analyst who rates Pure Cycle a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Pure Cycle as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and solid stock price performance. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company's return on equity has been disappointing.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on PCYO go as follows:

  • PCYO's very impressive revenue growth greatly exceeded the industry average of 10.2%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues leaped by 64.4%. This growth in revenue appears to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, improving the earnings per share.
  • PCYO's debt-to-equity ratio is very low at 0.05 and is currently below that of the industry average, implying that there has been very successful management of debt levels. Along with this, the company maintains a quick ratio of 3.48, which clearly demonstrates the ability to cover short-term cash needs.
  • The gross profit margin for PURE CYCLE CORP is currently very high, coming in at 79.82%. It has increased from the same quarter the previous year. Regardless of the strong results of the gross profit margin, the net profit margin of -56.25% is in-line with the industry average.
  • 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 Water Utilities industry and the overall market, PURE CYCLE CORP's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.

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

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At the close, Cadiz ( CDZI) was down $0.31 (3.4%) to $8.89 on light volume. Throughout the day, 23,655 shares of Cadiz exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 55,800 shares. The stock ranged in price between $8.88-$9.25 after having opened the day at $9.24 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $9.20.

Cadiz Inc. operates as a land and water resource development company in the United States. The company is involved in the water resource, and land and agricultural development activities in San Bernardino County properties. Cadiz has a market cap of $150.1 million and is part of the energy industry. Shares are up 32.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Cadiz as a sell. The area that we feel has been the company's primary weakness has been its feeble growth in its earnings per share.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on CDZI go as follows:

  • CADIZ INC has improved earnings per share by 39.6% in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. This company has not demonstrated a clear trend in earnings over the past 2 years, making it difficult to accurately predict earnings for the coming year. During the past fiscal year, CADIZ INC reported poor results of -$1.46 versus -$1.28 in the prior year.
  • The gross profit margin for CADIZ INC is currently very high, coming in at 100.00%. CDZI has managed to maintain the strong profit margin since the same quarter of last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, CDZI's net profit margin of -117350.00% significantly underperformed when compared to the industry average.
  • Along with the stagnant revenue growth, the company underperformed against the industry average of 10.2%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues have remained constant. The stagnant revenue growth has not kept the company from increasing earnings per share.
  • This stock has increased by 101.94% 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 CDZI do not compensate for any future upside potential, despite the fact that it has seen nice gains over the past 12 months.
  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has greatly exceeded that of the S&P 500, but is less than that of the Water Utilities industry average. The net income increased by 36.9% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from -$7.44 million to -$4.69 million.

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

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U S Geothermal ( HTM) was another company that pushed the Utilities sector lower today. U S Geothermal was down $0.02 (2.9%) to $0.68 on average volume. Throughout the day, 668,873 shares of U S Geothermal exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 537,600 shares. The stock ranged in price between $0.65-$0.70 after having opened the day at $0.68 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $0.70.

U S Geothermal has a market cap of $71.9 million and is part of the energy industry. Shares are up 84.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are no analysts who rate U S Geothermal a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

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Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on HTM go as follows:

You can view the full analysis from the report here: U S Geothermal Ratings Report

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