News stories about Ecopetrol (NYSE:EC) have trended somewhat positive on Wednesday, according to Accern Sentiment. Accern identifies positive and negative press coverage by reviewing more than twenty million blog and news sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Ecopetrol earned a coverage optimism score of 0.15 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave press coverage about the oil and gas company an impact score of 45.6693850714535 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the near term.

These are some of the media headlines that may have impacted Accern Sentiment Analysis’s scoring:

Several research firms have recently weighed in on EC. BidaskClub cut Ecopetrol from a “sell” rating to a “strong sell” rating in a report on Friday, August 11th. ValuEngine cut Ecopetrol from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Tuesday, August 8th. Zacks Investment Research upgraded Ecopetrol from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $10.00 price objective on the stock in a report on Tuesday, July 11th. Finally, J P Morgan Chase & Co upgraded Ecopetrol from an “underweight” rating to a “neutral” rating and set a $9.00 price objective on the stock in a report on Wednesday, October 25th. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, four have issued a hold rating and four have assigned a buy rating to the stock. The stock presently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $10.20.

Ecopetrol (EC) opened at 11.09 on Wednesday. The stock’s 50 day moving average price is $9.74 and its 200 day moving average price is $9.38. Ecopetrol has a 12-month low of $7.65 and a 12-month high of $11.15. The company has a market cap of $22.80 billion, a PE ratio of 20.54 and a beta of 1.04.

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About Ecopetrol

Ecopetrol SA is an oil company. The Company operates in Colombia, Peru, Brazil and the United States Gulf Coast. The Company’s segments include Exploration and Production, Transportation and Logistics, and Refining, Petrochemicals and Biofuels. The Company’s Exploration and Production segment includes exploration, development and production activities in Colombia and abroad.

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