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The Energy industry as a whole closed the day down 2.7% versus the S&P 500, which was down 0.2%. Laggards within the Energy industry included New Concept Energy ( GBR), down 1.6%, Enerjex Resources ( ENRJ), down 4.0%, FieldPoint Petroleum ( FPP), down 3.8%, Houston American Energy ( HUSA), down 4.0% and Lucas Energy ( LEI), down 3.6%.

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

Lucas Energy ( LEI) is one of the companies that pushed the Energy industry lower today. Lucas Energy was down $0.01 (3.6%) to $0.37 on light volume. Throughout the day, 93,459 shares of Lucas Energy exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 151,400 shares. The stock ranged in price between $0.37-$0.40 after having opened the day at $0.39 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $0.38.

Lucas Energy, Inc. operates as an independent oil and gas company in Texas. Lucas Energy has a market cap of $13.4 million and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 60.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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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 67.22%, 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 2.7%. 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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At the close, Houston American Energy ( HUSA) was down $0.01 (4.0%) to $0.24 on light volume. Throughout the day, 109,799 shares of Houston American Energy exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 217,600 shares. The stock ranged in price between $0.23-$0.25 after having opened the day at $0.24 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $0.25.

Houston American Energy Corp., an independent energy company, explores for, develops, and produces natural gas, crude oil, and condensate from properties located principally in the Gulf Coast area of the United States and South America. Houston American Energy has a market cap of $13.6 million and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 0.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Houston American Energy 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 HUSA go as follows:

  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to -$0.42 million or 135.29% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing to the industry average, the firm's growth rate is much lower.
  • HUSA has underperformed the S&P 500 Index, declining 10.35% from its price level of one year ago. The fact that the stock is now selling for less than others in its industry in relation to its current earnings is not reason enough to justify a buy rating at this time.
  • 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, HOUSTON AMERN ENERGY CORP's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • The gross profit margin for HOUSTON AMERN ENERGY CORP is rather high; currently it is at 67.16%. 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 -1020.89% is in-line with the industry average.
  • HUSA has no debt to speak of therefore resulting in a debt-to-equity ratio of zero, which we consider to be a relatively favorable sign. Along with this, the company maintains a quick ratio of 53.71, which clearly demonstrates the ability to cover short-term cash needs.

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

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Enerjex Resources ( ENRJ) was another company that pushed the Energy industry lower today. Enerjex Resources was down $0.25 (4.0%) to $5.97 on light volume. Throughout the day, 2,177 shares of Enerjex Resources exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5,200 shares. The stock ranged in price between $5.55-$5.97 after having opened the day at $5.55 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $6.22.

Enerjex Resources has a market cap of $47.5 million and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 24.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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