Augustine Asset Management Inc. lowered its stake in shares of YPF SA (NYSE:YPF) by 22.8% during the 1st quarter, according to the company in its most recent 13F filing with the SEC. The institutional investor owned 23,062 shares of the oil and gas exploration company’s stock after selling 6,826 shares during the quarter. Augustine Asset Management Inc.’s holdings in YPF were worth $323,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.
Several other hedge funds have also added to or reduced their stakes in the stock. BlackRock Inc. grew its position in shares of YPF by 3.0% during the 3rd quarter. BlackRock Inc. now owns 2,523,702 shares of the oil and gas exploration company’s stock valued at $38,991,000 after acquiring an additional 73,764 shares during the period. Canyon Capital Advisors LLC grew its position in shares of YPF by 106.1% during the 3rd quarter. Canyon Capital Advisors LLC now owns 516,475 shares of the oil and gas exploration company’s stock valued at $7,980,000 after acquiring an additional 265,855 shares during the period. Alpine Global Management LLC bought a new position in shares of YPF during the 3rd quarter valued at approximately $212,000. Baupost Group LLC MA bought a new position in shares of YPF during the 3rd quarter valued at approximately $92,700,000. Finally, Nordea Investment Management AB bought a new position in shares of YPF during the 3rd quarter valued at approximately $1,092,000. 24.75% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors.
A number of research analysts have recently weighed in on the stock. Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of YPF from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Friday, April 5th. ValuEngine downgraded shares of YPF from a “sell” rating to a “strong sell” rating in a report on Friday, March 1st. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, two have assigned a hold rating and two have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. YPF has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $19.50.
YPF (NYSE:YPF) last released its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, March 7th. The oil and gas exploration company reported $1.09 EPS for the quarter. The company had revenue of $3.94 billion during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $3.74 billion. YPF had a net margin of 7.50% and a return on equity of 11.78%. On average, equities analysts expect that YPF SA will post 1.18 earnings per share for the current year.
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YPF Company Profile
YPF Sociedad Anónima, 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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