Press coverage about EQT (NYSE:EQT) has trended somewhat positive on Sunday, Accern Sentiment reports. The research group identifies negative and positive press coverage by monitoring more than twenty million news and blog sources. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. EQT earned a news sentiment score of 0.15 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned media headlines about the oil and gas producer an impact score of 46.5708122431643 out of 100, meaning that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the next several days.

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

EQT (EQT) traded down $0.79 during trading on Friday, reaching $52.55. 6,130,391 shares of the company’s stock traded hands, compared to its average volume of 4,464,760. The firm has a market cap of $9,134.87, a PE ratio of 7.35, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 2.10 and a beta of 0.70. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.29, a quick ratio of 0.60 and a current ratio of 0.60. EQT has a 52-week low of $43.70 and a 52-week high of $67.84.

EQT (NYSE:EQT) last released its earnings results on Thursday, February 15th. The oil and gas producer reported $0.76 EPS for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.22 by $0.54. The firm had revenue of $1.13 billion for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $909.42 million. EQT had a net margin of 44.66% and a return on equity of 2.92%. EQT’s quarterly revenue was up 197.9% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter last year, the company earned $0.25 EPS. equities research analysts anticipate that EQT will post 1.67 earnings per share for the current year.

The business also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, March 1st. Shareholders of record on Wednesday, February 14th will be paid a dividend of $0.03 per share. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Tuesday, February 13th. This represents a $0.12 annualized dividend and a yield of 0.23%. EQT’s payout ratio is 1.68%.

A number of analysts recently weighed in on EQT shares. Citigroup reaffirmed a “buy” rating and issued a $79.00 price objective on shares of EQT in a report on Monday, January 22nd. BMO Capital Markets reaffirmed a “buy” rating and issued a $75.00 price objective on shares of EQT in a report on Tuesday, December 26th. Morgan Stanley reaffirmed an “equal weight” rating and issued a $64.00 price objective on shares of EQT in a report on Thursday, December 14th. Jefferies Group set a $65.00 price objective on shares of EQT and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a report on Tuesday, January 30th. Finally, SunTrust Banks reaffirmed a “hold” rating and issued a $65.00 price objective on shares of EQT in a report on Friday, December 8th. Two equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, five have assigned a hold rating and thirteen have issued a buy rating to the stock. The company presently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $76.77.

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EQT Company Profile

EQT Corporation is a natural gas company. The Company operates through three segments: EQT Production, EQT Gathering and EQT Transmission. The EQT Production segment includes its exploration for, and development and production of, natural gas, natural gas liquids and a limited amount of crude oil, primarily in the Appalachian Basin.

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