News coverage about Ecopetrol (NYSE:EC) has trended somewhat positive on Thursday, Accern Sentiment reports. The research firm identifies negative and positive news coverage by monitoring more than twenty million news and blog sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Ecopetrol earned a media sentiment score of 0.21 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media headlines about the oil and gas company an impact score of 45.6611361731371 out of 100, meaning that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the near future.

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

A number of research firms recently issued reports on EC. UBS Group lowered Ecopetrol from a “neutral” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Thursday, January 11th. Raymond James Financial reissued an “underperform” rating on shares of Ecopetrol in a report on Tuesday, November 28th. ValuEngine raised Ecopetrol from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Monday, October 2nd. Citigroup began coverage on Ecopetrol in a report on Wednesday, December 6th. They set a “neutral” rating and a $12.00 price target on the stock. Finally, Zacks Investment Research raised Ecopetrol from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $11.00 price target on the stock in a report on Tuesday, October 10th. Three research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating and seven have assigned a hold rating to the company. Ecopetrol presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $10.20.

Ecopetrol (NYSE:EC) traded up $0.08 during midday trading on Thursday, hitting $17.45. The company had a trading volume of 753,907 shares, compared to its average volume of 1,975,325. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.82, a quick ratio of 1.07 and a current ratio of 1.37. Ecopetrol has a 52-week low of $8.44 and a 52-week high of $18.03. The stock has a market capitalization of $35,870.00, a price-to-earnings ratio of 30.09, a P/E/G ratio of 0.30 and a beta of 1.13.

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About Ecopetrol

Ecopetrol SA is an oil company. The Company operates in Colombia, Peru, Brazil and the United States Gulf Coast. The Company’s segments include Exploration and Production, Transportation and Logistics, and Refining, Petrochemicals and Biofuels. The Company’s Exploration and Production segment includes exploration, development and production activities in Colombia and abroad.

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