Media coverage about Sanchez Energy (NYSE:SN) has been trending somewhat positive this week, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. The research firm scores the sentiment of press coverage by reviewing 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. Sanchez Energy earned a media sentiment score of 0.13 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news stories about the energy producer an impact score of 44.9855265060632 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the near term.

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

Sanchez Energy (NYSE:SN) traded down $0.34 during trading on Friday, reaching $5.36. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 3,020,000 shares, compared to its average volume of 2,940,000. Sanchez Energy has a one year low of $3.58 and a one year high of $14.39. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of -3.72, a quick ratio of 0.88 and a current ratio of 0.88. The firm has a market capitalization of $450.93, a PE ratio of 19.14 and a beta of 1.72.

A number of research firms recently issued reports on SN. SunTrust Banks reiterated a “hold” rating and issued a $5.00 target price on shares of Sanchez Energy in a report on Friday, October 20th. Piper Jaffray Companies reiterated a “hold” rating and issued a $6.00 target price on shares of Sanchez Energy in a report on Sunday, October 22nd. Zacks Investment Research upgraded Sanchez Energy from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $6.00 target price for the company in a report on Wednesday, December 27th. BMO Capital Markets set a $5.00 target price on Sanchez Energy and gave the company a “hold” rating in a report on Tuesday, November 14th. Finally, Seaport Global Securities upgraded Sanchez Energy from a “sell” rating to a “neutral” rating and set a $4.50 target price for the company in a report on Wednesday, October 4th. Four analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, six have issued a hold rating and seven have given a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $9.46.

In other news, VP Gregory B. Kopel sold 7,960 shares of Sanchez Energy stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, January 3rd. The stock was sold at an average price of $5.61, for a total transaction of $44,655.60. Following the sale, the vice president now owns 109,488 shares in the company, valued at $614,227.68. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through the SEC website. Also, VP Howard J. Sr Thill, Sr. sold 16,499 shares of Sanchez Energy stock in a transaction dated Thursday, October 12th. The stock was sold at an average price of $4.27, for a total value of $70,450.73. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Over the last 90 days, insiders sold 525,133 shares of company stock worth $2,448,247. 14.70% of the stock is owned by insiders.

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Sanchez Energy Company Profile

Sanchez Energy Corporation is an independent exploration and production company. The Company is focused on the acquisition and development of the United States onshore unconventional oil and natural gas resources. The Company primarily focuses on the Eagle Ford Shale in South Texas. The Company also holds an undeveloped acreage position in the Tuscaloosa Marine Shale (TMS) in Mississippi and Louisiana.

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