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The Utilities sector as a whole closed the day down 0.3% versus the S&P 500, which was unchanged. Laggards within the Utilities sector included Ellomay Capital ( ELLO), down 1.7%, American DG Energy ( ADGE), down 2.4%, Pure Cycle ( PCYO), down 6.2%, Transportadora de Gas del Sur ( TGS), down 4.5% and Niska Gas Storage Partners ( NKA), down 4.1%.

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

Niska Gas Storage Partners ( NKA) is one of the companies that pushed the Utilities sector lower today. Niska Gas Storage Partners was down $0.20 (4.1%) to $4.63 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 383,992 shares of Niska Gas Storage Partners exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 188,100 shares. The stock ranged in price between $4.56-$4.90 after having opened the day at $4.90 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $4.83.

Niska Gas Storage Partners LLC owns and operates natural gas storage assets in North America. Niska Gas Storage Partners has a market cap of $198.3 million and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are down 67.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are no analysts who rate Niska Gas Storage Partners a buy, 3 analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Niska Gas Storage Partners as a hold. Among the primary strengths of the company is its generally strong cash flow from operations. At the same time, however, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, generally higher debt management risk and disappointing return on equity.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on NKA go as follows:

  • Net operating cash flow has increased to -$30.44 million or 48.83% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, NISKA GAS STORAGE PARTNERS has also vastly surpassed the industry average cash flow growth rate of -2.53%.
  • The revenue fell significantly faster than the industry average of 6.7%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues fell by 42.8%. Weakness in the company's revenue seems to have hurt the bottom line, decreasing earnings per share.
  • NISKA GAS STORAGE PARTNERS 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. We feel it is likely to report a decline in earnings in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, NISKA GAS STORAGE PARTNERS continued to lose money by earning -$0.24 versus -$0.63 in the prior year. For the next year, the market is expecting a contraction of 470.8% in earnings (-$1.37 versus -$0.24).
  • 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, NISKA GAS STORAGE PARTNERS's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • The gross profit margin for NISKA GAS STORAGE PARTNERS is currently extremely low, coming in at 13.39%. It has decreased significantly from the same period last year. Along with this, the net profit margin of -136.70% is significantly below that of the industry average.

You can view the full analysis from the report here: Niska Gas Storage Partners Ratings Report

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At the close, Transportadora de Gas del Sur ( TGS) was down $0.17 (4.5%) to $3.63 on average volume. Throughout the day, 265,133 shares of Transportadora de Gas del Sur exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 201,600 shares. The stock ranged in price between $3.56-$3.85 after having opened the day at $3.85 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $3.80.

Transportadora de Gas del Sur S.A. operates as a gas transportation company in Latin America. Transportadora de Gas del Sur has a market cap of $586.3 million and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are up 75.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are no analysts who rate Transportadora de Gas del Sur a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Transportadora de Gas del Sur as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, good cash flow from operations and increase in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including disappointing return on equity, poor profit margins and generally higher debt management risk.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on TGS go as follows:

  • The revenue growth greatly exceeded the industry average of 5.0%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 41.4%. 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 Gas Utilities industry. The net income increased by 392.7% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from -$4.91 million to $14.38 million.
  • TRANSPORTADORA DE GAS SUR reported significant earnings per share improvement in the most recent quarter compared to 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, TRANSPORTADORA DE GAS SUR reported lower earnings of $0.10 versus $0.31 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($0.13 versus $0.10).
  • The gross profit margin for TRANSPORTADORA DE GAS SUR is currently lower than what is desirable, coming in at 31.64%. It has decreased from the same quarter the previous year. Regardless of the weak results of the gross profit margin, the net profit margin of 12.55% is above that of the industry average.
  • 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 Gas Utilities industry and the overall market on the basis of return on equity, TRANSPORTADORA DE GAS SUR underperformed against that of the industry average and is significantly less than that of the S&P 500.

You can view the full analysis from the report here: Transportadora de Gas del Sur Ratings Report

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Pure Cycle ( PCYO) was another company that pushed the Utilities sector lower today. Pure Cycle was down $0.35 (6.2%) to $5.30 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 100,967 shares of Pure Cycle exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 40,000 shares. The stock ranged in price between $5.28-$5.66 after having opened the day at $5.66 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $5.65.

Pure Cycle Corporation designs, constructs, operates, and maintains water and wastewater systems in the Denver metropolitan area. Pure Cycle has a market cap of $142.8 million and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are down 6.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there is 1 analyst who rates Pure Cycle a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Pure Cycle as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and impressive record of earnings per share growth. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the stock has had a generally disappointing performance in the past year.

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Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on PCYO go as follows:

  • PCYO's very impressive revenue growth greatly exceeded the industry average of 7.8%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues leaped by 64.4%. This growth in revenue appears to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, improving the earnings per share.
  • PCYO's debt-to-equity ratio is very low at 0.05 and is currently below that of the industry average, implying that there has been very successful management of debt levels. Along with this, the company maintains a quick ratio of 3.48, which clearly demonstrates the ability to cover short-term cash needs.
  • The gross profit margin for PURE CYCLE CORP is currently very high, coming in at 79.82%. It has increased from the same quarter the previous year. Regardless of the strong results of the gross profit margin, the net profit margin of -56.25% is in-line with the industry average.
  • 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 Water Utilities industry and the overall market, PURE CYCLE CORP's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • In its most recent trading session, PCYO has closed at a price level that was not very different from its closing price of one year earlier. This is probably due to its weak earnings growth as well as other mixed factors. 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.

You can view the full analysis from the report here: Pure Cycle Ratings Report

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