NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Oil stocks have been taking a beating over the past twelve months, but which ones are the biggest losers (and, therefore, cheap to buy)?

While oil prices have been see-sawing over the past week, the trend overall has been down and crude is still at less than half of what it was last summer. Integrated oil companies like Exxon Mobil (XOM - Get Report) have been under pressure, as high prices for what they take out of the ground means more profit from doing so. Oil field services companies like Schlumberger (SLB - Get Report)  have also taken a hit. Storage and refinery companies have been less pressured. 

Perhaps now is the time to be greedy when others are fearful; Warren Buffett, who recently took a large stakein oil refiner Phillips 66 (PSX - Get Report)  would be proud.

To give you added perspective on whether these stocks are good long-term investments, we've paired them with TheStreet Quant Ratings, TheStreet's proprietary quant-based stock-rating tool. Note; TheStreet Quant Ratings rates many of these stocks "sell" or "hold."

TheStreet Ratings projects a stock's total return potential over a 12-month period including both price appreciation and dividends. Based on 32 major data points, TheStreet Ratings uses a quantitative approach to rating over 4,300 stocks to predict return potential for the next year. The model is both objective, using elements such as volatility of past operating revenues, financial strength, and company cash flows, and subjective, including expected equities market returns, future interest rates, implied industry outlook and forecasted company earnings.

Buying an S&P 500 stock that TheStreet Ratings rated a buy yielded a 16.56% return in 2014, beating the S&P 500 Total Return Index by 304 basis points. Buying a Russell 2000 stock that TheStreet Ratings rated a buy yielded a 9.5% return in 2014, beating the Russell 2000 index, including dividends reinvested, by 460 basis points last year.

Check out which stocks made the list. And when you're done, be sure to read about which safe, A+ rated stocks you should buy now. Year-to-date returns are based on September 1, 2015 prices at 9:57am.

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12. TOTAL S.A. (TOT - Get Report)

Rating: Hold, C+
Market Cap: $1.5 billion
Drop from 52-week high: -33%

TOTAL S.A. operates as an oil and gas company worldwide. The company operates through three segments: Upstream, Refining & Chemicals, and Marketing & Services.

TheStreet Ratings team rates TOTAL SA as a Hold with a ratings score of C+. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

"We rate TOTAL SA (TOT) a HOLD. The primary factors that have impacted our rating are mixed ? some indicating strength, some showing weaknesses, with little evidence to justify the expectation of either a positive or negative performance for this stock relative to most other stocks. Among the primary strengths of the company is its solid financial position based on a variety of debt and liquidity measures that we have evaluated. At the same time, however, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, disappointing return on equity and weak operating cash flow."

Highlights from the analysis by TheStreet Ratings Team goes as follows:

  • The current debt-to-equity ratio, 0.58, is low and is below the industry average, implying that there has been successful management of debt levels. Although the company had a strong debt-to-equity ratio, its quick ratio of 0.80 is somewhat weak and could be cause for future problems.
  • Regardless of the drop in revenue, the company managed to outperform against the industry average of 34.4%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues fell by 30.1%. The declining revenue appears to have seeped down to the company's bottom line, decreasing earnings per share.
  • 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 4.3% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, dropping from $3,104.00 million to $2,971.00 million.
  • 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, TOTAL SA's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • Looking at the price performance of TOT's shares over the past 12 months, there is not much good news to report: the stock is down 31.13%, and it has underformed the S&P 500 Index. In addition, the company's earnings per share are lower today than the year-earlier quarter. Despite the heavy decline in its share price, this stock is still more expensive (when compared to its current earnings) than most other companies in its industry.


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11. BP p.l.c. (BP - Get Report)
Rating: Hold, C
Market Cap: $1.5 billion
Drop from 52-week high: -33.1%

BP p.l.c. operates as an integrated oil and gas company worldwide. It operates in three segments: Upstream, Downstream, and Rosneft.

TheStreet Ratings team rates BP PLC as a Hold with a ratings score of C. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

"We rate BP PLC (BP) a HOLD. The primary factors that have impacted our rating are mixed ? some indicating strength, some showing weaknesses, with little evidence to justify the expectation of either a positive or negative performance for this stock relative to most other stocks. Among the primary strengths of the company is its solid financial position based on a variety of debt and liquidity measures that we have evaluated. At the same time, however, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and poor profit margins."

Highlights from the analysis by TheStreet Ratings Team goes as follows:

  • The current debt-to-equity ratio, 0.54, is low and is below the industry average, implying that there has been successful management of debt levels. Along with the favorable debt-to-equity ratio, the company maintains an adequate quick ratio of 1.00, which illustrates the ability to avoid short-term cash problems.
  • BP, with its decline in revenue, slightly underperformed the industry average of 34.4%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues fell by 35.5%. Weakness in the company's revenue seems to have hurt the bottom line, decreasing earnings per share.
  • BP PLC has experienced a steep decline in earnings per share in the most recent quarter in comparison to its performance from the same quarter a year ago. The company has reported a trend of declining earnings per share over the past two years. However, the consensus estimate suggests that this trend should reverse in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, BP PLC reported lower earnings of $1.21 versus $7.34 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($2.02 versus $1.21).
  • 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 Oil, Gas & Consumable Fuels industry and the overall market, BP PLC's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • 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 Oil, Gas & Consumable Fuels industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 272.8% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $3,369.00 million to -$5,823.00 million.


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10. Suncor Energy Inc. (SU - Get Report)

Rating: Hold, C
Market Cap: $1.5 billion
Drop from 52-week high: -34%

Suncor Energy Inc. operates as an integrated energy company.

TheStreet Ratings team rates SUNCOR ENERGY INC as a Hold with a ratings score of C. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

"We rate SUNCOR ENERGY INC (SU) a HOLD. The primary factors that have impacted our rating are mixed ? some indicating strength, some showing weaknesses, with little evidence to justify the expectation of either a positive or negative performance for this stock relative to most other stocks. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and growth in earnings per share. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, disappointing return on equity and weak operating cash flow."

Highlights from the analysis by TheStreet Ratings Team goes as follows:

  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has significantly exceeded that of the S&P 500 and the Oil, Gas & Consumable Fuels industry. The net income increased by 245.5% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from $211.00 million to $729.00 million.
  • The current debt-to-equity ratio, 0.34, is low and is below the industry average, implying that there has been successful management of debt levels. Along with the favorable debt-to-equity ratio, the company maintains an adequate quick ratio of 1.18, which illustrates the ability to avoid short-term cash problems.
  • Despite the weak revenue results, SU has outperformed against the industry average of 34.4%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues fell by 22.5%. The declining revenue has not hurt the company's bottom line, with increasing earnings per share.
  • 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, SUNCOR ENERGY INC's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • SU'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 32.32%, 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. Despite the heavy decline in its share price, this stock is still more expensive (when compared to its current earnings) than most other companies in its industry.


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9. Imperial Oil Limited (IMO - Get Report)

Rating: Hold, C
Market Cap: $1.5 billion
Drop from 52-week high: -36.2%

Imperial Oil Limited explores for, produces, and sells crude oil and natural gas in Canada. The company operates through three segments: Upstream, Downstream, and Chemical. The Upstream segment explores for and produces crude oil, natural gas, synthetic oil, and bitumen.

TheStreet Ratings team rates IMPERIAL OIL LTD as a Hold with a ratings score of C. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

"We rate IMPERIAL OIL LTD (IMO) a HOLD. The primary factors that have impacted our rating are mixed ? some indicating strength, some showing weaknesses, with little evidence to justify the expectation of either a positive or negative performance for this stock relative to most other stocks. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its reasonable valuation levels and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and poor profit margins."

Highlights from the analysis by TheStreet Ratings Team goes as follows:

  • The current debt-to-equity ratio, 0.35, 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 0.36 is very weak and demonstrates a lack of ability to pay short-term obligations.
  • Despite the weak revenue results, IMO has outperformed against the industry average of 34.4%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues fell by 23.6%. Weakness in the company's revenue seems to have hurt the bottom line, decreasing earnings per share.
  • The gross profit margin for IMPERIAL OIL LTD is rather low; currently it is at 17.36%. It has decreased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of 1.74% trails that of the industry average.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to $377.00 million or 62.26% 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.


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8. Royal Dutch Shell plc (RDS.A - Get Report)

Rating: Hold, C
Market Cap: $1.5 billion
Drop from 52-week high: -37.1%

Royal Dutch Shell plc operates as an independent oil and gas company worldwide. It operates through Upstream and Downstream segments. The company explores for and extracts crude oil, natural gas, and natural gas liquids.

TheStreet Ratings team rates ROYAL DUTCH SHELL PLC as a Hold with a ratings score of C. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

"We rate ROYAL DUTCH SHELL PLC (RDS.A) a HOLD. The primary factors that have impacted our rating are mixed ? some indicating strength, some showing weaknesses, with little evidence to justify the expectation of either a positive or negative performance for this stock relative to most other stocks. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and attractive valuation levels. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including disappointing return on equity, weak operating cash flow and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself."

Highlights from the analysis by TheStreet Ratings Team goes as follows:

  • RDS.A's debt-to-equity ratio is very low at 0.30 and is currently below that of the industry average, implying that there has been very successful management of debt levels.
  • RDS.A, with its decline in revenue, slightly underperformed the industry average of 34.4%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues fell by 34.9%. Weakness in the company's revenue seems to have hurt the bottom line, decreasing earnings per share.
  • Net operating cash flow has decreased to $6,050.00 million or 29.98% when compared to the same quarter last year. In conjunction, when comparing current results to the industry average, ROYAL DUTCH SHELL PLC has marginally lower results.
  • 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, ROYAL DUTCH SHELL PLC's return on equity is significantly below that of the industry average and is below that of the S&P 500.


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7. Chevron Corporation (CVX - Get Report)
Rating: Hold, C
Market Cap: $1.5 billion
Drop from 52-week high: -39.5%

Chevron Corporation, through its subsidiaries, engages in the petroleum, chemicals, and power and energy operations worldwide. The company operates in two segments, Upstream and Downstream.

TheStreet Ratings team rates CHEVRON CORP as a Hold with a ratings score of C. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

"We rate CHEVRON CORP (CVX) a HOLD. The primary factors that have impacted our rating are mixed ? some indicating strength, some showing weaknesses, with little evidence to justify the expectation of either a positive or negative performance for this stock relative to most other stocks. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and reasonable valuation levels. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including feeble growth in the company's earnings per share, deteriorating net income and disappointing return on equity."

Highlights from the analysis by TheStreet Ratings Team goes as follows:

  • CVX's debt-to-equity ratio is very low at 0.21 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 1.01, which illustrates the ability to avoid short-term cash problems.
  • CVX, with its decline in revenue, slightly underperformed the industry average of 34.4%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues fell by 34.8%. Weakness in the company's revenue seems to have hurt the bottom line, decreasing earnings per share.
  • 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. In comparison to the other companies in the Oil, Gas & Consumable Fuels industry and the overall market, CHEVRON CORP's return on equity is significantly below that of the industry average and is below that of the S&P 500.
  • The gross profit margin for CHEVRON CORP is rather low; currently it is at 20.59%. It has decreased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of 1.63% trails that of the industry average.


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6. China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation (SNP - Get Report)

Rating: Hold, C+
Market Cap: $1.5 billion
Drop from 52-week high: -39.7%

China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation, an energy and chemical company, through its subsidiaries, engages in the oil and gas, and chemical operations and businesses in the People's Republic of China.

TheStreet Ratings team rates CHINA PETROLEUM & CHEM CORP as a Hold with a ratings score of C+. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

"We rate CHINA PETROLEUM & CHEM CORP (SNP) a HOLD. The primary factors that have impacted our rating are mixed ? some indicating strength, some showing weaknesses, with little evidence to justify the expectation of either a positive or negative performance for this stock relative to most other stocks. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its reasonable valuation levels and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including feeble growth in the company's earnings per share, deteriorating net income and disappointing return on equity."

Highlights from the analysis by TheStreet Ratings Team goes as follows:

  • The current debt-to-equity ratio, 0.45, 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 0.32 is very weak and demonstrates a lack of ability to pay short-term obligations.
  • Regardless of the drop in revenue, the company managed to outperform against the industry average of 34.4%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues fell by 25.2%. Weakness in the company's revenue seems to have hurt the bottom line, decreasing earnings per share.
  • The gross profit margin for CHINA PETROLEUM & CHEM CORP is currently extremely low, coming in at 9.79%. It has decreased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of 0.45% trails that of the industry average.
  • Net operating cash flow has decreased to $1,077.92 million or 46.90% 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.


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5. PetroChina Company Limited (PTR - Get Report)

Rating: Hold, C
Market Cap: $1.5 billion
Drop from 52-week high: -47.7%

PetroChina Company Limited, together with its subsidiaries, produces and sells oil and gas in the People's Republic of China. The company operates through Exploration and Production, Refining and Chemicals, Marketing, and Natural Gas and Pipeline segments.

TheStreet Ratings team rates PETROCHINA CO LTD as a Hold with a ratings score of C. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

"We rate PETROCHINA CO LTD (PTR) a HOLD. The primary factors that have impacted our rating are mixed ? some indicating strength, some showing weaknesses, with little evidence to justify the expectation of either a positive or negative performance for this stock relative to most other stocks. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its reasonable valuation levels, good cash flow from operations and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including feeble growth in the company's earnings per share, deteriorating net income and disappointing return on equity."

Highlights from the analysis by TheStreet Ratings Team goes as follows:

  • Net operating cash flow has increased to $4,742.38 million or 43.38% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, PETROCHINA CO LTD has also vastly surpassed the industry average cash flow growth rate of -20.29%.
  • The current debt-to-equity ratio, 0.48, 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 0.26 is very weak and demonstrates a lack of ability to pay short-term obligations.
  • 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, PETROCHINA CO LTD's return on equity is significantly below that of the industry average and is below that of the S&P 500.
  • The gross profit margin for PETROCHINA CO LTD is rather low; currently it is at 19.79%. It has decreased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of 1.49% trails that of the industry average.


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4. Statoil ASA (STO)

Rating: Hold, C-
Market Cap: $1.5 billion
Drop from 52-week high: -49.3%

Statoil ASA, an energy company, engages in the exploration, production, transportation, refining, and marketing of petroleum and petroleum-derived products in Norway and internationally.

TheStreet Ratings team rates STATOIL ASA as a Hold with a ratings score of C-. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

"We rate STATOIL ASA (STO) a HOLD. The primary factors that have impacted our rating are mixed ? some indicating strength, some showing weaknesses, with little evidence to justify the expectation of either a positive or negative performance for this stock relative to most other stocks. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including disappointing return on equity, weak operating cash flow and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself."

Highlights from the analysis by TheStreet Ratings Team goes as follows:

  • The debt-to-equity ratio is somewhat low, currently at 0.69, and is less than that of the industry average, implying that there has been a relatively successful effort in the management of debt levels. To add to this, STO has a quick ratio of 1.73, which demonstrates the ability of the company to cover short-term liquidity needs.
  • 37.40% is the gross profit margin for STATOIL ASA which we consider to be strong. Regardless of STO's high profit margin, it has managed to decrease from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, STO's net profit margin of 7.18% compares favorably to the industry average.
  • Net operating cash flow has declined marginally to $2,494.57 million or 8.94% when compared to the same quarter last year. Despite a decrease in cash flow STATOIL ASA is still fairing well by exceeding its industry average cash flow growth rate of -20.29%.
  • 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 Oil, Gas & Consumable Fuels industry and the overall market, STATOIL ASA's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.


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3. Cenovus Energy Inc. (CVE - Get Report)

Rating: Sell, D+
Market Cap: $1.5 billion
Drop from 52-week high: -57.3%

Cenovus Energy Inc., an integrated oil company, develops, produces, and markets crude oil, natural gas liquids (NGLs), and natural gas in Canada with refining operations in the United States.

TheStreet Ratings team rates CENOVUS ENERGY INC as a Sell with a ratings score of D+. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

"We rate CENOVUS ENERGY INC (CVE) a SELL. This is driven by several weaknesses, which we believe should have a greater impact than any strengths, and could make it more difficult for investors to achieve positive results compared to most of the stocks we cover. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity, poor profit margins, weak operating cash flow and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself. "

Highlights from the analysis by TheStreet Ratings Team goes 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 Oil, Gas & Consumable Fuels industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 79.5% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $615.00 million to $126.00 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 Oil, Gas & Consumable Fuels industry and the overall market, CENOVUS ENERGY INC's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • The gross profit margin for CENOVUS ENERGY INC is rather low; currently it is at 23.73%. It has decreased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of 3.38% trails that of the industry average.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to $335.00 million or 69.79% 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.
  • Despite any intermediate fluctuations, we have only bad news to report on this stock's performance over the last year: it has tumbled by 56.35%, worse than the S&P 500's performance. Consistent with the plunge in the stock price, the company's earnings per share are down 81.48% compared to the year-earlier 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.


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2. Ecopetrol S.A. (EC - Get Report)

Rating: Sell, D+
Market Cap: $1.5 billion
Drop from 52-week high: -71.3%

Ecopetrol S.A., an integrated oil company, engages in the exploration, development, and production of crude oil and natural gas primarily in Colombia, Peru, Brazil, Angola, and the United States Gulf Coast.

TheStreet Ratings team rates ECOPETROL SA as a Sell with a ratings score of D+. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

"We rate ECOPETROL SA (EC) a SELL. This is driven by some concerns, which we believe should have a greater impact than any strengths, and could make it more difficult for investors to achieve positive results compared to most of the stocks we cover. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself, feeble growth in its earnings per share, deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and weak operating cash flow. "

Highlights from the analysis by TheStreet Ratings Team goes as follows:

  • Despite any intermediate fluctuations, we have only bad news to report on this stock's performance over the last year: it has tumbled by 72.23%, worse than the S&P 500's performance. Consistent with the plunge in the stock price, the company's earnings per share are down 61.84% compared to the year-earlier quarter. Despite the heavy decline in its share price, this stock is still more expensive (when compared to its current earnings) than most other companies in its industry.
  • ECOPETROL SA has experienced a steep decline in earnings per share in the most recent quarter in comparison to its performance from the same quarter a year ago. Earnings per share have declined over the last two years. We anticipate that this should continue in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, ECOPETROL SA reported lower earnings of $1.55 versus $3.31 in the prior year. For the next year, the market is expecting a contraction of 67.1% in earnings ($0.51 versus $1.55).
  • The company, on the basis of change in net income from the same quarter one year ago, has significantly underperformed against the S&P 500 and did not exceed that of the Oil, Gas & Consumable Fuels industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 62.4% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $1,559.52 million to $586.46 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 Oil, Gas & Consumable Fuels industry and the overall market, ECOPETROL SA'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 $142.19 million or 91.89% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing to the industry average, the firm's growth rate is much lower.


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1. Petroleo Brasileiro S.A. - Petrobras (PBR - Get Report)

Rating: Sell, D
Market Cap: $1.5 billion
Drop from 52-week high: -73.3%

Petroleo Brasileiro S.A. - Petrobras operates as an integrated energy company in Brazil and internationally.

TheStreet Ratings team rates PETROLEO BRASILEIRO SA- PETR as a Sell with a ratings score of D. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

"We rate PETROLEO BRASILEIRO SA- PETR (PBR) a SELL. This is driven by some concerns, which we believe should have a greater impact than any strengths, and could make it more difficult for investors to achieve positive results compared to most of the stocks we cover. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its disappointing return on equity, generally high debt management risk, generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself and feeble growth in its earnings per share. "

Highlights from the analysis by TheStreet Ratings Team goes 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 Oil, Gas & Consumable Fuels industry and the overall market, PETROLEO BRASILEIRO SA- PETR's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • The debt-to-equity ratio of 1.31 is relatively high when compared with the industry average, suggesting a need for better debt level management. Even though the debt-to-equity ratio is weak, PBR's quick ratio is somewhat strong at 1.09, demonstrating the ability to handle short-term liquidity needs.
  • Looking at the price performance of PBR's shares over the past 12 months, there is not much good news to report: the stock is down 70.18%, and it has underformed the S&P 500 Index. In addition, the company's earnings per share are lower today than the year-earlier 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.
  • PETROLEO BRASILEIRO SA- PETR's earnings per share declined by 17.6% in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. The company has reported a trend of declining earnings per share over the past two years. However, the consensus estimate suggests that this trend should reverse in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, PETROLEO BRASILEIRO SA- PETR swung to a loss, reporting -$1.12 versus $1.70 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($1.52 versus -$1.12).
  • 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 18.3% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, dropping from $2,280.00 million to $1,862.00 million.