3 Stocks Raising The Energy Industry Higher

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 47.51 points (-0.3%) at 17,551 as of Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2015, 4:20 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,368 issues advancing vs. 1,676 declining with 154 unchanged.

The Energy industry as a whole closed the day down 0.5% versus the S&P 500, which was down 0.2%. Top gainers within the Energy industry included Lilis Energy ( LLEX), up 2.7%, Escalera Resources ( ESCR), up 2.1%, Samson Oil & Gas ( SSN), up 4.1%, Superior Drilling Products ( SDPI), up 1.9% and Lucas Energy ( LEI), up 4.0%.

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 $0.07 (4.0%) to $1.83 on light volume. Throughout the day, 1,258 shares of Lucas Energy exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 22,600 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $1.83-$1.88 after having opened the day at $1.85 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1.76.

Lucas Energy, Inc. operates as an independent oil and gas company in the United States. Lucas Energy has a market cap of $2.5 million and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 42.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. 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. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its disappointing return on equity, poor profit margins and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on LEI go as follows:

  • 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. 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.
  • The gross profit margin for LUCAS ENERGY INC is currently lower than what is desirable, coming in at 29.77%. It has decreased significantly from the same period last year. Along with this, the net profit margin of -281.46% is significantly below that of the industry average.
  • 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 84.65%, 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 change in net income from the same quarter one year ago has exceeded that of the S&P 500 and greatly outperformed compared to the Oil, Gas & Consumable Fuels industry average. The net income has decreased by 2.3% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, dropping from -$1.05 million to -$1.08 million.
  • Along with the very weak revenue results, LEI underperformed when compared to the industry average of 37.8%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues plummeted by 66.7%. The declining revenue has not hurt the company's bottom line, with increasing earnings per share.

You can view the full analysis from the report here: Lucas Energy Ratings Report

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