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All three major indices traded up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 47 points (0.3%) at 18,019 as of Friday, Feb. 13, 2015, 4:20 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,931 issues advancing vs. 1,153 declining with 128 unchanged.

The Utilities sector as a whole closed the day down 0.5% versus the S&P 500, which was up 0.4%. Top gainers within the Utilities sector included RGC Resources ( RGCO), up 2.4%, U S Geothermal ( HTM), up 4.1%, Pure Cycle ( PCYO), up 2.5%, Transportadora de Gas del Sur ( TGS), up 5.2% and Empresa Distribuidora y Comercializadora No ( EDN), up 3.1%.

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

Transportadora de Gas del Sur ( TGS) is one of the companies that pushed the Utilities sector higher today. Transportadora de Gas del Sur was up $0.17 (5.2%) to $3.47 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 512,033 shares of Transportadora de Gas del Sur exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 90,700 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $3.34-$3.49 after having opened the day at $3.35 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $3.30.

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 $532.3 million and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are down 5.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. 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, reasonable valuation levels and solid stock price performance. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including disappointing return on equity, weak operating cash flow 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 21.4%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 31.6%. This growth in revenue appears to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, improving the earnings per share.
  • Powered by its strong earnings growth of 150.00% and other important driving factors, this stock has surged by 85.40% over the past year, outperforming the rise in the S&P 500 Index during the same period. Regarding the stock's future course, our hold rating indicates that we do not recommend additional investment in this stock despite its gains in the past year.
  • 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, TRANSPORTADORA DE GAS SUR's return on equity is significantly below that of the industry average and is below that of the S&P 500.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to $4.01 million or 73.12% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing to the industry average, the firm's growth rate is much lower.

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

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At the close, Pure Cycle ( PCYO) was up $0.11 (2.5%) to $4.56 on light volume. Throughout the day, 15,777 shares of Pure Cycle exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 65,100 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $4.41-$4.59 after having opened the day at $4.45 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $4.45.

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 $105.8 million and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are up 11.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. 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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U S Geothermal ( HTM) was another company that pushed the Utilities sector higher today. U S Geothermal was up $0.02 (4.1%) to $0.49 on average volume. Throughout the day, 170,744 shares of U S Geothermal exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 194,300 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $0.47-$0.50 after having opened the day at $0.47 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $0.47.

U.S. Geothermal, Inc. is engaged in the acquisition, development, and utilization of geothermal resources in the western region of the United States. U S Geothermal has a market cap of $51.0 million and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are up 4.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are no analysts who rate U S Geothermal a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates U S Geothermal as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its weak operating cash flow and relatively poor performance when compared with the S&P 500 during the past year.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on HTM go as follows:

  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to -$0.06 million or 103.38% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing to the industry average, the firm's growth rate is much lower.
  • This stock has managed to decline in share value by 2.12% over the past twelve months. Looking ahead, the stock's rise over the last year has already helped drive it to a level which is relatively expensive compared to the rest of its industry, implying reduced upside potential.
  • The gross profit margin for U S GEOTHERMAL INC is rather high; currently it is at 67.15%. Regardless of HTM's high profit margin, it has managed to decrease from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, HTM's net profit margin of 1.20% is significantly lower than the industry average.
  • U S GEOTHERMAL INC has shown no change in earnings for its most recently reported quarter when compared with the same quarter a year earlier. This company has not demonstrated a clear trend in earnings over the past 2 years, making it difficult to accurately predict earnings for the coming year. During the past fiscal year, U S GEOTHERMAL INC turned its bottom line around by earning $0.02 versus -$0.03 in the prior year.
  • Even though the current debt-to-equity ratio is 1.36, it is still below the industry average, suggesting that this level of debt is acceptable within the Independent Power Producers & Energy Traders industry. Even though the debt-to-equity ratio shows mixed results, the company's quick ratio of 2.75 is very high and demonstrates very strong liquidity.

You can view the full analysis from the report here: U S Geothermal Ratings Report

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