3 Stocks Pushing The Utilities Sector Lower

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The Utilities sector as a whole closed the day down 0.8% versus the S&P 500, which was down 1.6%. Laggards within the Utilities sector included Ellomay Capital ( ELLO), down 2.1%, Centrais Eletricas Brasileiras ( EBR.B), down 1.8%, Ocean Power Technologies ( OPTT), down 5.7%, CorEnergy Infrastructure ( CORR), down 2.4% and Southcross Energy Partners ( SXE), down 3.2%.

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

CorEnergy Infrastructure ( CORR) is one of the companies that pushed the Utilities sector lower today. CorEnergy Infrastructure was down $0.18 (2.4%) to $7.46 on average volume. Throughout the day, 136,361 shares of CorEnergy Infrastructure exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 161,400 shares. The stock ranged in price between $7.28-$7.67 after having opened the day at $7.54 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $7.64.

CorEnergy Infrastructure Trust, Inc. is a trust launched and managed by Corridor InfraTrust Management, LLC. The trust primarily owns midstream and downstream U.S. energy infrastructure assets subject to long-term triple net participating leases with energy companies. CorEnergy Infrastructure has a market cap of $240.5 million and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are up 7.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 4 analysts who rate CorEnergy Infrastructure a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates CorEnergy Infrastructure as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, increase in stock price during the past year, increase in net income and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on CORR go as follows:

  • The revenue growth came in higher than the industry average of 2.5%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 19.2%. This growth in revenue appears to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, improving the earnings per share.
  • This stock has managed to rise its share value by 8.77% over the past twelve months. 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.
  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has significantly exceeded that of the S&P 500 and the Capital Markets industry. The net income increased by 4194.3% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from $0.07 million to $3.01 million.
  • CORENERGY INFRASTRUCTURE TR has shown improvement in its earnings for its most recently reported quarter when compared with the same quarter a year earlier. This company has reported somewhat volatile earnings recently. But, we feel it is poised for EPS growth in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, CORENERGY INFRASTRUCTURE TR reported lower earnings of $0.18 versus $1.35 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($0.34 versus $0.18).
  • The gross profit margin for CORENERGY INFRASTRUCTURE TR is currently lower than what is desirable, coming in at 32.60%. Despite the low profit margin, it has increased significantly from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, CORR's net profit margin of 33.30% significantly outperformed against the industry.

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

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At the close, Ocean Power Technologies ( OPTT) was down $0.07 (5.7%) to $1.15 on average volume. Throughout the day, 435,263 shares of Ocean Power Technologies exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 419,500 shares. The stock ranged in price between $1.07-$1.25 after having opened the day at $1.22 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1.22.

Ocean Power Technologies, Inc. develops and commercializes proprietary systems that generate electricity by harnessing the renewable energy of ocean waves primarily in the United States, Europe, Asia, and Australia. Ocean Power Technologies has a market cap of $22.5 million and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are down 36.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Ocean Power Technologies as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its weak operating cash flow and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on OPTT go as follows:

  • Net operating cash flow has declined marginally to -$3.17 million or 2.92% when compared to the same quarter last year. In conjunction, when comparing current results to the industry average, OCEAN POWER TECHNOLOGIES INC has marginally lower results.
  • OPTT's stock share price has done very poorly compared to where it was a year ago: Despite any rallies, the net result is that it is down by 25.29%, which is also worse that the performance of the S&P 500 Index. Investors have so far failed to pay much attention to the earnings improvements the company has managed to achieve over the last 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.
  • 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 Electrical Equipment industry and the overall market, OCEAN POWER TECHNOLOGIES INC's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • OPTT's debt-to-equity ratio is very low at 0.01 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 3.28, which clearly demonstrates the ability to cover short-term cash needs.
  • OCEAN POWER TECHNOLOGIES INC has improved earnings per share by 47.2% in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. The company has demonstrated a pattern of positive earnings per share growth over the past two years. We feel that this trend should continue. This trend suggests that the performance of the business is improving. During the past fiscal year, OCEAN POWER TECHNOLOGIES INC continued to lose money by earning -$0.94 versus -$1.42 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings (-$0.76 versus -$0.94).

You can view the full analysis from the report here: Ocean Power Technologies Ratings Report

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Centrais Eletricas Brasileiras ( EBR.B) was another company that pushed the Utilities sector lower today. Centrais Eletricas Brasileiras was down $0.08 (1.8%) to $4.29 on light volume. Throughout the day, 67,345 shares of Centrais Eletricas Brasileiras exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 98,600 shares. The stock ranged in price between $4.22-$4.34 after having opened the day at $4.30 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $4.37.

Centrais Eletricas Brasileiras S.A. - Eletrobras, together with its subsidiaries, generates, transmits, and distributes electricity in Brazil. It projects, builds, and operates generating power plants, and electric power transmission and distribution lines. Centrais Eletricas Brasileiras has a market cap of $5.8 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are down 0.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Centrais Eletricas Brasileiras as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its unimpressive growth in net income, poor profit margins and weak operating cash flow.

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Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on EBR.B 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 Electric Utilities industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 149.0% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $75.75 million to -$37.13 million.
  • The gross profit margin for ELETROBRAS-CENTR ELETR BRAS is currently extremely low, coming in at 7.44%. It has decreased significantly from the same period last year. Along with this, the net profit margin of -1.16% is significantly below that of the industry average.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to $146.37 million or 80.21% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing to the industry average, the firm's growth rate is much lower.
  • 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 Electric Utilities industry and the overall market, ELETROBRAS-CENTR ELETR BRAS's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • In its most recent trading session, EBR.B has closed at a price level that was not very different from its closing price of one year earlier. This is probably due to its weak earnings growth as well as other mixed factors. Turning our attention to the future direction of the stock, we do not believe this stock offers ample reward opportunity to compensate for the risks, despite the fact that it rose over the past year.

You can view the full analysis from the report here: Centrais Eletricas Brasileiras Ratings Report

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