News articles about QEP Resources (NYSE:QEP) have been trending somewhat positive recently, according to Accern. The research group identifies negative and positive press coverage by analyzing more than twenty million news and blog sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. QEP Resources earned a media sentiment score of 0.25 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned media headlines about the pipeline company an impact score of 45.6969080515341 out of 100, meaning that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the near future.

Here are some of the media headlines that may have impacted Accern Sentiment’s rankings:

QEP Resources (NYSE QEP) traded down $0.21 during mid-day trading on Wednesday, hitting $10.67. The stock had a trading volume of 4,813,452 shares, compared to its average volume of 4,500,000. QEP Resources has a 52 week low of $7.02 and a 52 week high of $18.91. The company has a market cap of $2,570.00, a price-to-earnings ratio of -177.83 and a beta of 1.73. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.52, a quick ratio of 1.54 and a current ratio of 1.55.

QEP Resources (NYSE:QEP) last released its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, October 25th. The pipeline company reported ($0.10) earnings per share for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of ($0.21) by $0.11. The company had revenue of $390.10 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $393.87 million. QEP Resources had a negative return on equity of 3.48% and a negative net margin of 0.90%. The company’s revenue was up 2.0% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period in the prior year, the company posted ($0.21) EPS. research analysts expect that QEP Resources will post -0.43 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

Several research firms have commented on QEP. Mizuho set a $15.00 price target on QEP Resources and gave the company a “buy” rating in a report on Tuesday, January 16th. Zacks Investment Research raised QEP Resources from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $12.00 price target for the company in a report on Friday, January 12th. Piper Jaffray Companies reiterated a “buy” rating and issued a $14.00 price objective on shares of QEP Resources in a research note on Tuesday, January 9th. Credit Suisse Group initiated coverage on QEP Resources in a research note on Monday, December 11th. They issued an “underperform” rating and a $9.00 price objective on the stock. Finally, Williams Capital initiated coverage on QEP Resources in a research note on Friday, December 8th. They issued a “buy” rating and a $13.00 price objective on the stock. Three investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, six have given a hold rating and eleven have given a buy rating to the stock. The stock has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $13.00.

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QEP Resources Company Profile

QEP Resources, Inc is an independent crude oil and natural gas exploration and production company. The Company focuses on two regions of the United States: the Northern Region (primarily in North Dakota, Wyoming and Utah) and the Southern Region (primarily in Texas and Louisiana). The Company conducts exploration and production activities in North America’s hydrocarbon resource plays.

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