NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Shares of Warren Resources Inc. (WRES) are higher by 13.11% to $2.07 on heavy volume in late afternoon trading on Wednesday, as energy stocks get a boost from today's rise in oil prices.
Brent crude for January delivery is higher by 0.23% to $56.06 per barrel this afternoon.
The rise in oil prices is due to a smaller than expected drop in U.S. crude supplies, MarketWatch reports.
The U.S. Energy Information Administration said crude oil inventories were lower by 800,000 barrels for the week ended December 12. Analysts polled by Platts had expected a decline of 2.5 million barrels, MarketWatch added.
Oil prices have declined 50% since June due to an increase in supply, and waning demand.
Separately, TheStreet Ratings team rates WARREN RESOURCES INC as a Hold with a ratings score of C. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:
"We rate WARREN RESOURCES INC (WRES) a HOLD. The primary factors that have impacted our rating are mixed some indicating strength, some showing weaknesses, with little evidence to justify the expectation of either a positive or negative performance for this stock relative to most other stocks. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, reasonable valuation levels and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, generally higher debt management risk and disappointing return on equity."
Highlights from the analysis by TheStreet Ratings Team goes 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 16.8%. This growth in revenue does not appear to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, displayed by a decline in earnings per share.
- The gross profit margin for WARREN RESOURCES INC is rather high; currently it is at 65.70%. Regardless of WRES's high profit margin, it has managed to decrease from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, WRES's net profit margin of 9.19% compares favorably to the industry average.
- The debt-to-equity ratio of 1.44 is relatively high when compared with the industry average, suggesting a need for better debt level management. Along with this, the company manages to maintain a quick ratio of 0.44, which clearly demonstrates the inability to cover short-term cash needs.
- The company's current return on equity has slightly decreased from the same quarter one year prior. This implies a minor weakness in the organization. In comparison to the other companies in the Oil, Gas & Consumable Fuels industry and the overall market, WARREN RESOURCES INC's return on equity is significantly below that of the industry average and is below that of the S&P 500.
- You can view the full analysis from the report here: WRES Ratings Report