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The Utilities sector as a whole closed the day down 1.2% versus the S&P 500, which was unchanged. Laggards within the Utilities sector included Ellomay Capital ( ELLO), down 2.7%, GreenHunter Resources ( GRH), down 3.9%, Pure Cycle ( PCYO), down 6.4%, Sky Solar Holdings ( SKYS), down 1.8% and Centrais Eletricas Brasileiras ( EBR.B), down 2.8%.

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

Sky Solar Holdings ( SKYS) is one of the companies that pushed the Utilities sector lower today. Sky Solar Holdings was down $0.20 (1.8%) to $11.20 on light volume. Throughout the day, 1,764 shares of Sky Solar Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 36,000 shares. The stock ranged in price between $10.85-$11.20 after having opened the day at $10.85 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $11.40.

Sky Solar Holdings has a market cap of $575.1 million and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are down 10.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 2 analysts who rate Sky Solar Holdings a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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At the close, Pure Cycle ( PCYO) was down $0.30 (6.4%) to $4.40 on average volume. Throughout the day, 90,171 shares of Pure Cycle exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 65,500 shares. The stock ranged in price between $4.33-$4.73 after having opened the day at $4.73 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $4.70.

Pure Cycle Corporation designs, constructs, operates, and maintains water and wastewater systems in the Denver metropolitan area, the United States. Pure Cycle has a market cap of $111.5 million and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are up 17.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there is 1 analyst who rates Pure Cycle a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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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 compelling growth in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself and weak operating cash flow.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on PCYO go as follows:

  • The revenue growth greatly exceeded the industry average of 8.4%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 44.0%. 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 0.06 and is currently below that of the industry average, implying that there has been very successful management of debt levels. Along with the favorable debt-to-equity ratio, the company maintains an adequate quick ratio of 1.28, which illustrates the ability to avoid short-term cash problems.
  • The gross profit margin for PURE CYCLE CORP is currently very high, coming in at 78.54%. It has increased from the same quarter the previous year. Despite the strong results of the gross profit margin, PCYO's net profit margin of 1.19% significantly trails the industry average.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to -$0.28 million or 129.75% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing to the industry average, the firm's growth rate is much lower.
  • PCYO has underperformed the S&P 500 Index, declining 24.38% from its price level of one year ago. Looking ahead, other than the push or pull of the broad market, we do not see anything in the company's numbers that may help reverse the decline experienced over the past 12 months. Despite the past decline, the stock is still selling for more than most others in its industry.

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

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GreenHunter Resources ( GRH) was another company that pushed the Utilities sector lower today. GreenHunter Resources was down $0.03 (3.9%) to $0.75 on light volume. Throughout the day, 96,786 shares of GreenHunter Resources exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 255,300 shares. The stock ranged in price between $0.74-$0.80 after having opened the day at $0.78 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $0.78.

GreenHunter Resources, Inc., an environmental services company, provides water management solutions in the United States. It offers Total Water Management Solutions to the oilfield, including unconventional oil and natural gas shale resource plays. GreenHunter Resources has a market cap of $28.4 million and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are up 8.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 3 analysts who rate GreenHunter Resources a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates GreenHunter Resources as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its unimpressive growth in net income, disappointing return on equity, weak operating cash flow, generally high debt management risk and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself.

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Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on GRH 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 Energy Equipment & Services industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 625.9% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from -$0.37 million to -$2.69 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 Energy Equipment & Services industry and the overall market, GREENHUNTER 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 $0.09 million or 60.96% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing to the industry average, the firm's growth rate is much lower.
  • GRH's debt-to-equity ratio of 0.97 is somewhat low overall, but it is high when compared to the industry average, implying that the management of the debt levels should be evaluated further. Even though the debt-to-equity ratio shows mixed results, the company's quick ratio of 0.40 is very low and demonstrates very weak liquidity.
  • GRH has underperformed the S&P 500 Index, declining 24.33% 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.

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

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