News stories about Ecopetrol SA (NYSE:EC) have trended somewhat negative this week, Alpha One reports. Alpha One, a division of Accern, rates the sentiment of media coverage by monitoring more than 20 million blog and news sources in real time. Alpha One ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Ecopetrol SA earned a media sentiment score of -0.04 on Alpha One’s scale. Alpha One also assigned news articles about the oil and gas company an impact score of 0 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is extremely unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the next few days.

These are some of the media stories that may have effected AlphaOne Sentiment’s analysis:

Shares of Ecopetrol SA (NYSE:EC) traded up 2.81% during trading on Friday, reaching $9.89. The company had a trading volume of 541,723 shares. The firm has a market capitalization of $20.33 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 38.04 and a beta of 1.06. The firm has a 50-day moving average of $9.46 and a 200 day moving average of $9.10. Ecopetrol SA has a 52 week low of $7.65 and a 52 week high of $10.36.

The firm also recently disclosed a special dividend, which was paid on Monday, May 8th. Investors of record on Thursday, April 27th were issued a dividend of $0.1606 per share. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Tuesday, April 25th.

A number of brokerages recently issued reports on EC. TheStreet raised Ecopetrol SA from a “d+” rating to a “c” rating in a research report on Wednesday. Zacks Investment Research downgraded Ecopetrol SA from a “hold” rating to a “strong sell” rating in a research report on Tuesday, February 7th. Three research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and one has assigned a buy rating to the stock. Ecopetrol SA presently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $10.42.

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Ecopetrol SA Company Profile

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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