YPF SA (NYSE:YPF) has earned a consensus recommendation of “Hold” from the eight research firms that are presently covering the company, MarketBeat.com reports. Two equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell recommendation, four have given a hold recommendation and two have assigned a buy recommendation to the company. The average 12-month price objective among analysts that have updated their coverage on the stock in the last year is $6.70.

A number of research analysts have recently commented on the company. Raymond James cut YPF from a “strong-buy” rating to an “outperform” rating in a research note on Tuesday, March 17th. JPMorgan Chase & Co. downgraded shares of YPF from a “neutral” rating to an “underweight” rating in a research note on Monday, June 22nd. Citigroup upgraded shares of YPF from a “sell” rating to a “neutral” rating and set a $4.20 price target on the stock in a research report on Wednesday, April 29th. Zacks Investment Research cut shares of YPF from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Saturday. Finally, ValuEngine upgraded shares of YPF from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Friday, May 1st.

Several institutional investors and hedge funds have recently bought and sold shares of the stock. BNP Paribas Arbitrage SA grew its holdings in shares of YPF by 76.6% during the first quarter. BNP Paribas Arbitrage SA now owns 826,863 shares of the oil and gas exploration company’s stock worth $3,448,000 after buying an additional 358,700 shares in the last quarter. Quantitative Investment Management LLC acquired a new stake in YPF during the first quarter worth approximately $397,000. Brandes Investment Partners LP raised its holdings in YPF by 1.8% during the fourth quarter. Brandes Investment Partners LP now owns 8,744,075 shares of the oil and gas exploration company’s stock worth $101,256,000 after purchasing an additional 154,615 shares in the last quarter. Macquarie Group Ltd. grew its position in shares of YPF by 65.2% during the fourth quarter. Macquarie Group Ltd. now owns 38,021 shares of the oil and gas exploration company’s stock worth $440,000 after acquiring an additional 15,000 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Balyasny Asset Management LLC purchased a new position in YPF in the 1st quarter valued at $149,000. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 14.41% of the company’s stock.

NYSE:YPF traded down $0.01 during trading hours on Friday, reaching $5.80. 1,484,734 shares of the company were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 2,071,570. The company has a market capitalization of $2.28 billion, a P/E ratio of -5.74 and a beta of 1.69. YPF has a 1-year low of $2.25 and a 1-year high of $18.60. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.72, a current ratio of 0.86 and a quick ratio of 0.60. The business has a 50 day moving average of $5.29 and a 200 day moving average of $6.90.

YPF (NYSE:YPF) last released its earnings results on Tuesday, May 12th. The oil and gas exploration company reported $0.05 earnings per share for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of ($0.50) by $0.55. YPF had a positive return on equity of 1.53% and a negative net margin of 2.86%. The firm had revenue of $2.85 billion during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $2.71 billion. As a group, equities research analysts anticipate that YPF will post -1.36 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

About YPF

YPF Sociedad AnĂ³nima, an energy company, operates in the oil and gas upstream and downstream activities in Argentina. The company engages in the exploration, development, and production of crude oil, natural gas, and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG). It is also involved in the refining, marketing, transportation, and distribution of oil, petroleum products, petroleum derivatives, petrochemicals, LPG, and bio-fuels, as well as in gas separation and natural gas distribution operations.

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