YPF (NYSE:YPF) Shares Gap Up to $9.65

YPF SA (NYSE:YPF)’s stock price gapped up before the market opened on Wednesday . The stock had previously closed at $9.42, but opened at $9.65. YPF shares last traded at $10.00, with a volume of 2,253,158 shares trading hands.

Several equities analysts have recently commented on YPF shares. ValuEngine downgraded shares of YPF from a “sell” rating to a “strong sell” rating in a research note on Thursday, August 1st. Raymond James reaffirmed a “buy” rating on shares of YPF in a research note on Monday, August 12th. Finally, Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of YPF from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Thursday. Two equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating and three have given a buy rating to the company. YPF currently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $19.50.

The stock has a market capitalization of $3.80 billion, a P/E ratio of 2.91 and a beta of 1.18. The firm’s 50 day moving average price is $15.53 and its 200 day moving average price is $15.21. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.83, a current ratio of 1.12 and a quick ratio of 0.82.

Several large investors have recently modified their holdings of YPF. Deutsche Bank AG raised its holdings in YPF by 8.3% during the fourth quarter. Deutsche Bank AG now owns 303,899 shares of the oil and gas exploration company’s stock worth $4,069,000 after acquiring an additional 23,309 shares in the last quarter. Investors Research Corp bought a new stake in YPF during the first quarter worth about $29,000. Avalon Advisors LLC raised its holdings in YPF by 7.4% during the first quarter. Avalon Advisors LLC now owns 70,255 shares of the oil and gas exploration company’s stock worth $984,000 after acquiring an additional 4,852 shares in the last quarter. Cooper Haims Advisors LLC bought a new stake in YPF during the first quarter worth about $233,000. Finally, State of New Jersey Common Pension Fund D raised its holdings in YPF by 17.6% during the first quarter. State of New Jersey Common Pension Fund D now owns 443,302 shares of the oil and gas exploration company’s stock worth $6,210,000 after acquiring an additional 66,202 shares in the last quarter. 28.42% of the stock is owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.

About YPF (NYSE:YPF)

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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