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The Energy industry as a whole closed the day down 2.4% versus the S&P 500, which was down 1.7%. Laggards within the Energy industry included Tengasco ( TGC), down 8.7%, Andatee China Marine Fuel Services ( AMCF), down 2.9%, FieldPoint Petroleum ( FPP), down 9.7%, Houston American Energy ( HUSA), down 8.2% and Escalera Resources ( ESCR), down 12.0%.

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

China Petroleum & Chemical ( SNP) is one of the companies that pushed the Energy industry lower today. China Petroleum & Chemical was down $1.29 (1.6%) to $78.10 on average volume. Throughout the day, 117,942 shares of China Petroleum & Chemical exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 154,400 shares. The stock ranged in price between $77.77-$78.50 after having opened the day at $78.50 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $79.39.

China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation, an energy and chemical company, through its subsidiaries, is engaged in the oil and gas, and chemical operations in the People's Republic of China. China Petroleum & Chemical has a market cap of $92.2 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 2.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are no analysts who rate China Petroleum & Chemical a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates China Petroleum & Chemical as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, attractive valuation levels, good cash flow from operations and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat weak growth in earnings per share.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on SNP go as follows:

  • The revenue growth came in higher than the industry average of 19.8%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 5.9%. 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.
  • Net operating cash flow has slightly increased to $8,251.64 million or 7.90% when compared to the same quarter last year. The firm also exceeded the industry average cash flow growth rate of -11.94%.
  • The current debt-to-equity ratio, 0.57, is low and is below the industry average, implying that there has been successful management of debt levels. Even though the company has a strong debt-to-equity ratio, the quick ratio of 0.23 is very weak and demonstrates a lack of ability to pay short-term obligations.
  • The change in net income from the same quarter one year ago has significantly exceeded that of the Oil, Gas & Consumable Fuels industry average, but is less than that of the S&P 500. The net income has decreased by 11.6% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, dropping from $3,611.90 million to $3,193.08 million.

You can view the full analysis from the report here: China Petroleum & Chemical Ratings Report

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At the close, Houston American Energy ( HUSA) was down $0.02 (8.2%) to $0.20 on light volume. Throughout the day, 79,295 shares of Houston American Energy exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 145,200 shares. The stock ranged in price between $0.20-$0.23 after having opened the day at $0.21 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $0.22.

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 $12.0 million and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are up 43.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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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 44.74%, 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 19.8%. 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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Andatee China Marine Fuel Services ( AMCF) was another company that pushed the Energy industry lower today. Andatee China Marine Fuel Services was down $0.04 (2.9%) to $1.32 on average volume. Throughout the day, 18,429 shares of Andatee China Marine Fuel Services exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 16,500 shares. The stock ranged in price between $1.27-$1.32 after having opened the day at $1.32 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1.36.

Andatee China Marine Fuel Services Corporation, through its subsidiaries, engages in the production, storage, distribution, and trading of blended marine fuel oil for cargo and fishing vessels in the People's Republic of China. Andatee China Marine Fuel Services has a market cap of $14.3 million and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 9.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Andatee China Marine Fuel Services as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its generally high debt management risk, disappointing return on equity, weak operating cash flow, generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself and poor profit margins.

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Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on AMCF go as follows:

  • The debt-to-equity ratio is very high at 2.80 and currently higher than the industry average, implying increased risk associated with the management of debt levels within the company. Along with this, the company manages to maintain a quick ratio of 0.36, which clearly demonstrates the inability to cover short-term cash needs.
  • Current return on equity is lower than its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a clear sign of weakness within the company. Compared to other companies in the Oil, Gas & Consumable Fuels industry and the overall market, ANDATEE CHINA MARINE FUEL'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 $0.74 million or 74.14% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing to the industry average, the firm's growth rate is much lower.
  • AMCF has underperformed the S&P 500 Index, declining 16.67% 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.
  • The gross profit margin for ANDATEE CHINA MARINE FUEL is currently extremely low, coming in at 5.63%. Regardless of AMCF's low profit margin, it has managed to increase from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, the net profit margin of 0.08% trails the industry average.

You can view the full analysis from the report here: Andatee China Marine Fuel Services Ratings Report

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