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All three major indices traded up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 323 points (1.8%) at 17,908 as of Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015, 4:20 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 2,416 issues advancing vs. 715 declining with 85 unchanged.

The Energy industry as a whole closed the day up 1.9% versus the S&P 500, which was up 1.8%. Top gainers within the Energy industry included Enerjex Resources ( ENRJ), up 7.8%, Barnwell Industries ( BRN), up 3.6%, Houston American Energy ( HUSA), up 5.9%, Lucas Energy ( LEI), up 6.7% and Mexco Energy ( MXC), up 3.0%.

TheStreet Ratings Group would like to highlight 3 stocks pushing the industry higher today:

Lucas Energy ( LEI) is one of the companies that pushed the Energy industry higher today. Lucas Energy was up $0.01 (6.7%) to $0.11 on average volume. Throughout the day, 306,921 shares of Lucas Energy exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 314,600 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $0.10-$0.11 after having opened the day at $0.11 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $0.10.

Lucas Energy, Inc. operates as an independent oil and gas company in Texas. Lucas Energy has a market cap of $4.0 million and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 14.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are no analysts who rate Lucas Energy a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Lucas Energy as a sell. Among the areas we feel are negative, one of the most important has been a generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on LEI go as follows:

  • 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 85.72%, 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 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.
  • LEI, with its decline in revenue, underperformed when compared the industry average of 6.7%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues fell by 19.1%. The declining revenue has not hurt the company's bottom line, with increasing earnings per share.
  • LEI's debt-to-equity ratio is very low at 0.25 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 0.08 is very weak and demonstrates a lack of ability to pay short-term obligations.
  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has exceeded that of the Oil, Gas & Consumable Fuels industry average, but is less than that of the S&P 500. The net income increased by 4.4% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, going from -$1.56 million to -$1.49 million.

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 up $0.01 (5.9%) to $0.18 on light volume. Throughout the day, 72,167 shares of Houston American Energy exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 152,300 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $0.17-$0.19 after having opened the day at $0.18 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $0.17.

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 $9.3 million and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are up 5.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are no analysts who rate Houston American Energy a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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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 decreased to -$0.36 million or 29.60% 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.
  • HUSA'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 32.00%, 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 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 56.14%. Despite the high profit margin, it has decreased significantly from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, HUSA's net profit margin of -898.24% significantly underperformed when compared to the industry average.
  • HUSA, with its very weak revenue results, has greatly underperformed against the industry average of 6.7%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues plummeted by 66.5%. 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: Houston American Energy Ratings Report

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Enerjex Resources ( ENRJ) was another company that pushed the Energy industry higher today. Enerjex Resources was up $0.11 (7.8%) to $1.52 on light volume. Throughout the day, 4,360 shares of Enerjex Resources exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 8,300 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $1.49-$1.59 after having opened the day at $1.49 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1.41.

Enerjex Resources has a market cap of $12.5 million and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 29.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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