3 Stocks Pushing The Energy Industry Higher

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All three major indices traded up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 167 points (1.0%) at 17,113 as of Friday, Sept. 26, 2014, 4:20 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 2,244 issues advancing vs. 828 declining with 137 unchanged.

The Energy industry as a whole closed the day up 1.2% versus the S&P 500, which was up 0.9%. Top gainers within the Energy industry included FieldPoint Petroleum ( FPP), up 2.0%, Lucas Energy ( LEI), up 19.4%, PrimeEnergy ( PNRG), up 4.6%, Saratoga Resources ( SARA), up 1.6% and Samson Oil & Gas ( SSN), up 1.5%.

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

Samson Oil & Gas ( SSN) is one of the companies that pushed the Energy industry higher today. Samson Oil & Gas was up $0.00 (1.5%) to $0.33 on light volume. Throughout the day, 222,525 shares of Samson Oil & Gas exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 347,700 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $0.32-$0.33 after having opened the day at $0.32 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $0.32.

Samson Oil & Gas Limited, an independent energy company, is engaged in the acquisition, exploration, exploitation, and development of oil and natural gas properties in the United States. The company produces crude oil, natural gas, and natural gas liquids. Samson Oil & Gas has a market cap of $45.6 million and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 22.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are no analysts who rate Samson Oil & Gas a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Samson Oil & Gas 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 SSN 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, SAMSON OIL & GAS LTD's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • Compared to where it was trading one year ago, SSN is down 32.70% to its most recent closing price of 0.35. Looking ahead, our view is that this stock still does not have good upside potential and may even suffer further declines.
  • The gross profit margin for SAMSON OIL & GAS LTD is rather high; currently it is at 65.58%. 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 -29.73% is in-line with the industry average.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly increased by 817.54% to $1.23 million when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, SAMSON OIL & GAS LTD has also vastly surpassed the industry average cash flow growth rate of -5.24%.
  • SSN's debt-to-equity ratio is very low at 0.11 and is currently below that of the industry average, implying that there has been very successful management of debt levels. To add to this, SSN has a quick ratio of 1.53, which demonstrates the ability of the company to cover short-term liquidity needs.

You can view the full analysis from the report here: Samson Oil & Gas Ratings Report

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At the close, Saratoga Resources ( SARA) was up $0.02 (1.6%) to $1.25 on light volume. Throughout the day, 47,031 shares of Saratoga Resources exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 80,200 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $1.22-$1.30 after having opened the day at $1.23 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1.23.

Saratoga Resources, Inc., an independent oil and natural gas company, acquires, exploits, produces, and develops crude oil and natural gas properties in the United States. Saratoga Resources has a market cap of $40.9 million and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are up 15.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are no analysts who rate Saratoga Resources a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Saratoga Resources 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, disappointing return on equity, weak operating cash flow and generally high debt management risk.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on SARA go as follows:

  • SARATOGA RESOURCES INC 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, SARATOGA RESOURCES INC reported poor results of -$0.85 versus -$0.13 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 187.5% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from -$2.31 million to -$6.65 million.
  • 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, SARATOGA RESOURCES INC's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to $2.23 million or 79.54% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing to the industry average, the firm's growth rate is much 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 40.97%, worse than the S&P 500's performance. Consistent with the plunge in the stock price, the company's earnings per share are down 200.00% 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.

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

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Lucas Energy ( LEI) was another company that pushed the Energy industry higher today. Lucas Energy was up $0.08 (19.4%) to $0.48 on light volume. Throughout the day, 64,102 shares of Lucas Energy exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 126,600 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $0.40-$0.48 after having opened the day at $0.42 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $0.40.

Lucas Energy, Inc. operates as an independent oil and gas company in Texas. Lucas Energy has a market cap of $14.4 million and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 58.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are no analysts who rate Lucas Energy a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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 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 32.7% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from -$0.95 million to -$1.25 million.
  • LEI'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 50.39%, which is also worse than the performance of the S&P 500 Index. 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 return on equity has improved slightly when compared to the same quarter one year prior. This can be construed as a modest strength in the organization. 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.
  • 44.06% 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 -133.12% significantly underperformed when compared to the industry average.
  • The revenue fell significantly faster than the industry average of 3.1%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues fell by 36.4%. Weakness in the company's revenue seems to not be hurting the bottom line, shown by stable earnings per share.

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

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