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All three major indices traded up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 215 points (1.3%) at 16,615 as of Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014, 4:20 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 2,585 issues advancing vs. 535 declining with 105 unchanged.

The Utilities sector as a whole closed the day up 0.4% versus the S&P 500, which was up 2.0%. Top gainers within the Utilities sector included American DG Energy ( ADGE), up 2.1%, U S Geothermal ( HTM), up 1.9%, Ocean Power Technologies ( OPTT), up 9.6%, CorEnergy Infrastructure ( CORR), up 3.7% and Cadiz ( CDZI), up 3.1%.

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

CorEnergy Infrastructure ( CORR) is one of the companies that pushed the Utilities sector higher today. CorEnergy Infrastructure was up $0.26 (3.7%) to $7.33 on average volume. Throughout the day, 106,363 shares of CorEnergy Infrastructure exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 130,500 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $7.00-$7.33 after having opened the day at $7.12 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $7.07.

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 $220.8 million and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are down 0.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. 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 6.3%. 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 6.05% 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 up $0.09 (9.6%) to $1.03 on light volume. Throughout the day, 113,057 shares of Ocean Power Technologies exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 354,100 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $0.95-$1.08 after having opened the day at $0.96 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $0.94.

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 $17.2 million and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are down 51.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are no analysts who rate Ocean Power Technologies a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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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 39.09%, 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 higher today. U S Geothermal was up $0.01 (1.9%) to $0.53 on light volume. Throughout the day, 138,200 shares of U S Geothermal exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 373,700 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $0.50-$0.54 after having opened the day at $0.52 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $0.52.

U S Geothermal has a market cap of $56.5 million and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are up 43.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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