Media stories about Petroquest Energy (NYSE:PQ) have been trending somewhat positive this week, Accern Sentiment reports. The research group identifies negative and positive news coverage by analyzing more than 20 million news and blog sources. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Petroquest Energy earned a coverage optimism score of 0.12 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news articles about the energy company an impact score of 46.2609514805247 out of 100, meaning that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the immediate future.

Here are some of the media stories that may have effected Accern Sentiment’s rankings:

Shares of Petroquest Energy (PQ) traded up $0.06 during mid-day trading on Tuesday, hitting $1.53. The stock had a trading volume of 95,814 shares, compared to its average volume of 108,144. The firm has a market cap of $30.63, a PE ratio of -1.53 and a beta of 1.80. The company has a current ratio of 0.59, a quick ratio of 0.59 and a debt-to-equity ratio of -1.20. Petroquest Energy has a fifty-two week low of $1.39 and a fifty-two week high of $4.75.

A number of brokerages have commented on PQ. B. Riley began coverage on Petroquest Energy in a research report on Monday, February 5th. They set a “neutral” rating and a $1.90 price target for the company. Zacks Investment Research cut Petroquest Energy from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Friday, October 27th. Finally, Roth Capital set a $5.00 price target on Petroquest Energy and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research report on Tuesday, October 24th. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, four have given a hold rating and one has assigned a buy rating to the company. Petroquest Energy presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $2.85.

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About Petroquest Energy

PetroQuest Energy, Inc is an oil and gas company. The Company is engaged in exploratory, development and acquisition activities. The Company has approximately 30 gross exploratory wells and over 30 gross development wells. The Company has reserves in various areas, including East Texas, Gulf Coast Basin and Oklahoma Woodford.

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