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The Utilities sector as a whole closed the day down 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which was up 0.3%. Laggards within the Utilities sector included GreenHunter Resources ( GRH), down 4.2%, RGC Resources ( RGCO), down 2.6%, Ocean Power Technologies ( OPTT), down 3.5%, Sky Solar Holdings ( SKYS), down 7.5% and Centrais Eletricas Brasileiras ( EBR.B), down 4.0%.

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 $0.67 (7.5%) to $8.32 on light volume. Throughout the day, 2,326 shares of Sky Solar Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 19,900 shares. The stock ranged in price between $8.11-$9.05 after having opened the day at $9.00 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $8.99.

Sky Solar Holdings has a market cap of $441.7 million and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are down 29.3% 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, Ocean Power Technologies ( OPTT) was down $0.02 (3.5%) to $0.52 on light volume. Throughout the day, 27,847 shares of Ocean Power Technologies exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 144,400 shares. The stock ranged in price between $0.52-$0.53 after having opened the day at $0.53 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $0.54.

Ocean Power Technologies, Inc. develops and commercializes proprietary systems that generate electricity by harnessing the renewable energy of ocean waves primarily in the United States, Europe, Asia, and Australia. Ocean Power Technologies has a market cap of $9.9 million and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are down 14.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are no analysts who rate Ocean Power Technologies a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Ocean Power Technologies as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity, weak operating cash flow and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on OPTT go as follows:

  • The company, on the basis of change in net income from the same quarter one year ago, has significantly underperformed compared to the Electrical Equipment industry average, but is greater than that of the S&P 500. The net income has decreased by 2.1% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, dropping from -$3.21 million to -$3.28 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 Electrical Equipment industry and the overall market, OCEAN POWER TECHNOLOGIES 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 -$2.42 million or 255.75% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing to the industry average, the firm's growth rate is much lower.
  • OPTT'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 61.54%, 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 gross profit margin for OCEAN POWER TECHNOLOGIES INC is currently very high, coming in at 81.76%. It has increased significantly from the same period last year. Regardless of the strong results of the gross profit margin, the net profit margin of -671.51% is in-line with the industry average.

You can view the full analysis from the report here: Ocean Power Technologies Ratings Report

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GreenHunter Resources ( GRH) was another company that pushed the Utilities sector lower today. GreenHunter Resources was down $0.02 (4.2%) to $0.56 on light volume. Throughout the day, 36,126 shares of GreenHunter Resources exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 83,900 shares. The stock ranged in price between $0.54-$0.63 after having opened the day at $0.60 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $0.58.

GreenHunter Resources, Inc. provides water management solutions in the United States. It offers water solutions for the unconventional oil and natural gas shale resource plays. GreenHunter Resources has a market cap of $20.7 million and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are down 19.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there is 1 analyst who rates 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 disappointing return on equity, weak operating cash flow, poor profit margins and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself.

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Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on GRH go as follows:

  • 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 -$0.13 million or 109.98% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing to the industry average, the firm's growth rate is much lower.
  • The gross profit margin for GREENHUNTER RESOURCES INC is currently lower than what is desirable, coming in at 34.02%. Regardless of GRH's low profit margin, it has managed to increase from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, GRH's net profit margin of -28.36% significantly underperformed when compared to the industry average.
  • GRH'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 73.28%, 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 Energy Equipment & Services industry average. The net income has decreased by 5.2% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, dropping from -$1.39 million to -$1.46 million.

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

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