YPF Sociedad Anónima (NYSE:YPF) Shares Down 6.5%

YPF Sociedad Anónima (NYSE:YPF) shares fell 6.5% during mid-day trading on Friday . The stock traded as low as $5.34 and last traded at $5.35. 19,712 shares changed hands during mid-day trading, a decline of 99% from the average session volume of 1,777,300 shares. The stock had previously closed at $5.72.

Separately, Zacks Investment Research lowered YPF Sociedad Anónima from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Wednesday, May 5th. Five equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating and one has issued a hold rating to the company’s stock. YPF Sociedad Anónima currently has an average rating of “Sell” and an average price target of $3.75.

The firm’s 50 day simple moving average is $4.33. The company has a current ratio of 1.02, a quick ratio of 0.71 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.84. The firm has a market cap of $2.10 billion, a P/E ratio of -1.77 and a beta of 1.98.

YPF Sociedad Anónima (NYSE:YPF) last released its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday, May 11th. The oil and gas exploration company reported ($0.06) earnings per share for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of ($0.12) by $0.06. YPF Sociedad Anónima had a negative return on equity of 14.06% and a negative net margin of 13.15%. As a group, analysts forecast that YPF Sociedad Anónima will post 1.96 earnings per share for the current year.

Several hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently added to or reduced their stakes in YPF. BlackRock Inc. boosted its holdings in shares of YPF Sociedad Anónima by 22.9% during the 1st quarter. BlackRock Inc. now owns 11,160,060 shares of the oil and gas exploration company’s stock valued at $45,868,000 after acquiring an additional 2,079,689 shares in the last quarter. Morgan Stanley lifted its holdings in YPF Sociedad Anónima by 296.5% during the 4th quarter. Morgan Stanley now owns 1,918,211 shares of the oil and gas exploration company’s stock worth $9,016,000 after buying an additional 1,434,421 shares during the period. Canada Pension Plan Investment Board acquired a new position in YPF Sociedad Anónima during the 1st quarter worth about $5,649,000. FMR LLC acquired a new position in YPF Sociedad Anónima during the 1st quarter worth about $12,605,000. Finally, Eaton Vance Management acquired a new position in YPF Sociedad Anónima during the 4th quarter worth about $4,226,000.

YPF Sociedad Anónima Company Profile (NYSE:YPF)

YPF Sociedad Anónima, an energy company, operates in the oil and gas upstream and downstream activities in Argentina. The company's upstream operations consist of the exploration, development, and production of crude oil, natural gas, and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG). Its downstream operations include 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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