News stories about Rice Energy (NYSE:RICE) have been trending somewhat positive this week, according to Accern Sentiment. The research group identifies positive and negative media coverage by analyzing more than twenty million news and blog sources. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Rice Energy earned a news sentiment score of 0.15 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media stories about the oil and gas producer an impact score of 46.1682274865483 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the next several days.

Here are some of the media stories that may have effected Accern Sentiment Analysis’s analysis:

RICE has been the subject of a number of recent analyst reports. Royal Bank of Canada set a $27.00 price objective on shares of Rice Energy and gave the company a “hold” rating in a research report on Thursday, August 24th. US Capital Advisors downgraded shares of Rice Energy from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Friday, September 1st. Goldman Sachs Group downgraded shares of Rice Energy from a “buy” rating to a “neutral” rating and reduced their price target for the company from $29.00 to $26.00 in a research report on Friday, September 8th. Cowen reiterated a “buy” rating and set a $30.00 price target on shares of Rice Energy in a research report on Tuesday, September 12th. Finally, Stifel Nicolaus reiterated a “hold” rating and set a $27.00 price target on shares of Rice Energy in a research report on Thursday, September 14th. Nineteen analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and five have given a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock presently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $27.71.

Shares of Rice Energy (NYSE:RICE) traded down $0.34 on Monday, hitting $29.32. 26,809,102 shares of the stock were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 5,313,636. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.36, a quick ratio of 1.15 and a current ratio of 1.15. Rice Energy has a fifty-two week low of $18.30 and a fifty-two week high of $29.72. The stock has a market cap of $6,690.00, a PE ratio of 45.81 and a beta of 1.57.

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About Rice Energy

Rice Energy Inc (Rice Energy) is an independent natural gas and oil company. The Company is engaged in the acquisition, exploration and development of natural gas, oil and natural gas liquids (NGL) properties in the Appalachian Basin. The Company conducts its operations through two segments: Exploration and Production, and Midstream.

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