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The Utilities sector as a whole was unchanged today versus the S&P 500, which was down 1.6%. Laggards within the Utilities sector included U S Geothermal ( HTM), down 10.8%, Ocean Power Technologies ( OPTT), down 4.5%, GreenHunter Resources ( GRH), down 9.9%, American Midstream Partners ( AMID), down 3.9% and Cadiz ( CDZI), down 4.3%.

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

GreenHunter Resources ( GRH) is one of the companies that pushed the Utilities sector lower today. GreenHunter Resources was down $0.12 (9.9%) to $1.09 on light volume. Throughout the day, 345,739 shares of GreenHunter Resources exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 648,200 shares. The stock ranged in price between $1.07-$1.20 after having opened the day at $1.20 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1.21.

GreenHunter Resources has a market cap of $46.1 million and is part of the energy industry. Shares are up 4.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 3 analysts who rate GreenHunter Resources a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

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At the close, Ocean Power Technologies ( OPTT) was down $0.05 (4.5%) to $1.07 on light volume. Throughout the day, 258,956 shares of Ocean Power Technologies exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 402,000 shares. The stock ranged in price between $1.01-$1.12 after having opened the day at $1.11 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1.12.

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 $20.2 million and is part of the energy industry. Shares are down 41.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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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 32.36%, 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.
  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has exceeded that of the S&P 500, but is less than that of the Electrical Equipment industry average. The net income increased by 12.4% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, going from -$3.75 million to -$3.28 million.
  • 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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U S Geothermal ( HTM) was another company that pushed the Utilities sector lower today. U S Geothermal was down $0.05 (10.8%) to $0.43 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 1,513,682 shares of U S Geothermal exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 352,600 shares. The stock ranged in price between $0.38-$0.47 after having opened the day at $0.47 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $0.48.

U S Geothermal has a market cap of $54.0 million and is part of the energy industry. Shares are up 37.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are no analysts who rate U S Geothermal a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

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