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The Energy industry as a whole closed the day down 2.8% versus the S&P 500, which was down 0.7%. Laggards within the Energy industry included Barnwell Industries ( BRN), down 2.1%, PostRock Energy ( PSTR), down 7.3%, New Concept Energy ( GBR), down 18.2%, Escalera Resources ( ESCR), down 5.9% and Enerjex Resources ( ENRJ), down 1.7%.

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

Imperial Oil ( IMO) is one of the companies that pushed the Energy industry lower today. Imperial Oil was down $1.35 (2.9%) to $45.38 on average volume. Throughout the day, 177,386 shares of Imperial Oil exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 196,700 shares. The stock ranged in price between $45.34-$46.95 after having opened the day at $46.71 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $46.73.

Imperial Oil Limited is engaged in the exploration for, production, and sale of crude oil and natural gas in Canada. The company operates through three segments: Upstream, Downstream, and Chemical. Imperial Oil has a market cap of $38.6 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are up 5.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are no analysts who rate Imperial Oil a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Imperial Oil as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, attractive valuation levels, good cash flow from operations, compelling growth in net income and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on IMO go as follows:

  • The revenue growth came in higher than the industry average of 3.2%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 19.2%. Growth in the company's revenue appears to have helped boost the earnings per share.
  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has significantly exceeded that of the S&P 500 and the Oil, Gas & Consumable Fuels industry. The net income increased by 276.8% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from $327.00 million to $1,232.00 million.
  • Net operating cash flow has increased to $999.00 million or 35.36% when compared to the same quarter last year. The firm also exceeded the industry average cash flow growth rate of -5.05%.
  • IMO's debt-to-equity ratio is very low at 0.28 and is currently below that of the industry average, implying that there has been very successful management of debt levels. Even though the company has a strong debt-to-equity ratio, the quick ratio of 0.36 is very weak and demonstrates a lack of ability to pay short-term obligations.

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

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At the close, Enerjex Resources ( ENRJ) was down $0.10 (1.7%) to $5.90 on light volume. Throughout the day, 504 shares of Enerjex Resources exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5,500 shares. The stock ranged in price between $5.90-$6.02 after having opened the day at $6.02 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $6.00.

Enerjex Resources has a market cap of $45.9 million and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 27.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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PostRock Energy ( PSTR) was another company that pushed the Energy industry lower today. PostRock Energy was down $0.06 (7.3%) to $0.73 on average volume. Throughout the day, 36,070 shares of PostRock Energy exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 27,200 shares. The stock ranged in price between $0.73-$0.82 after having opened the day at $0.82 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $0.79.

PostRock Energy Corporation, an independent oil and gas company, is engaged in the acquisition, exploration, development, production, and gathering of crude oil and natural gas. PostRock Energy has a market cap of $26.2 million and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 32.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates PostRock Energy as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its unimpressive growth in net income, generally high debt management risk and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself.

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Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on PSTR 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 187.0% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $6.88 million to -$5.99 million.
  • Currently the debt-to-equity ratio of 1.62 is quite high overall and when compared to the industry average, suggesting that the current management of debt levels should be re-evaluated. Along with this, the company manages to maintain a quick ratio of 0.43, which clearly demonstrates the inability to cover short-term cash needs.
  • Despite any intermediate fluctuations, we have only bad news to report on this stock's performance over the last year: it has tumbled by 36.37%, worse than the S&P 500's performance. Consistent with the plunge in the stock price, the company's earnings per share are down 276.92% 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.
  • 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, POSTROCK ENERGY CORP's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • POSTROCK ENERGY CORP 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. 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, POSTROCK ENERGY CORP continued to lose money by earning -$0.93 versus -$3.99 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings (-$0.60 versus -$0.93).

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

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