3 Stocks Pushing The Energy Industry Lower

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The Energy industry as a whole closed the day down 1.4% versus the S&P 500, which was up 0.2%. Laggards within the Energy industry included PostRock Energy ( PSTR), down 3.6%, Saratoga Resources ( SARA), down 7.8%, Escalera Resources ( ESCR), down 1.7%, Lucas Energy ( LEI), down 6.9% and FieldPoint Petroleum ( FPP), down 3.8%.

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 $0.02 (6.9%) to $0.26 on average volume. Throughout the day, 106,624 shares of Lucas Energy exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 137,500 shares. The stock ranged in price between $0.26-$0.28 after having opened the day at $0.27 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $0.28.

Lucas Energy, Inc. operates as an independent oil and gas company in Texas. Lucas Energy has a market cap of $9.6 million and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 71.0% 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 73.34%, 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.
  • LEI, with its decline in revenue, underperformed when compared the industry average of 6.5%. 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, Saratoga Resources ( SARA) was down $0.03 (7.8%) to $0.37 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 196,067 shares of Saratoga Resources exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 84,300 shares. The stock ranged in price between $0.33-$0.40 after having opened the day at $0.40 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $0.40.

Saratoga Resources, Inc., an independent oil and natural gas company, acquires, exploits, produces, and develops crude oil and natural gas properties in the United States. Saratoga Resources has a market cap of $13.2 million and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 62.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Saratoga Resources as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its feeble growth in its earnings per share, deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity, weak operating cash flow and generally high debt management risk.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on SARA go as follows:

  • SARATOGA RESOURCES INC 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. The company has reported a trend of declining earnings per share over the past two years. During the past fiscal year, SARATOGA RESOURCES INC reported poor results of -$0.85 versus -$0.13 in the prior year.
  • 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 187.5% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from -$2.31 million to -$6.65 million.
  • 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, SARATOGA RESOURCES INC's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to $2.23 million or 79.54% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing to the industry average, the firm's growth rate is much lower.
  • Despite any intermediate fluctuations, we have only bad news to report on this stock's performance over the last year: it has tumbled by 73.30%, worse than the S&P 500's performance. Consistent with the plunge in the stock price, the company's earnings per share are down 200.00% 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.

You can view the full analysis from the report here: Saratoga Resources Ratings Report

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PostRock Energy ( PSTR) was another company that pushed the Energy industry lower today. PostRock Energy was down $0.03 (3.6%) to $0.70 on light volume. Throughout the day, 14,515 shares of PostRock Energy exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 30,700 shares. The stock ranged in price between $0.70-$0.72 after having opened the day at $0.72 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $0.72.

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 $44.2 million and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 39.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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

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Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on PSTR go as follows:

  • The debt-to-equity ratio of 1.27 is relatively high when compared with the industry average, suggesting a need for better debt level management. To add to this, PSTR has a quick ratio of 0.56, this demonstrates the lack of ability of the company to cover short-term liquidity needs.
  • Net operating cash flow has decreased to $5.71 million or 25.62% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing the cash generation rate to the industry average, the firm's growth is significantly lower.
  • PSTR'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 53.34%, 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 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.
  • 49.25% is the gross profit margin for POSTROCK ENERGY CORP which we consider to be strong. It has increased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of 28.15% significantly outperformed against the industry average.

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

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