YPF Sociedad Anonima (NYSE:YPF) was downgraded by Zacks Investment Research from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note issued on Thursday.

According to Zacks, “YPF Sociedad Anonima is an international energy company, based on the integrated business of hydrocarbons, focalized in Latin America, with high standards of efficiency, profitability and responsibility. They have a dominant position in Argentina’s exploration, production, refining and marketing sectors, as well as a growing presence in petrochemicals. “

A number of other equities research analysts also recently issued reports on the company. Citigroup Inc. assumed coverage on YPF Sociedad Anonima in a research note on Monday. They set a “buy” rating and a $28.00 price target for the company. ValuEngine upgraded YPF Sociedad Anonima from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Thursday, August 17th. BidaskClub upgraded YPF Sociedad Anonima from a “strong sell” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Monday, August 14th. Finally, Credit Suisse Group set a $27.00 price target on YPF Sociedad Anonima and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research note on Monday, August 7th. Two equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, two have issued a hold rating and four have given a buy rating to the stock. The stock currently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $25.58.

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A number of hedge funds have recently bought and sold shares of YPF. Sei Investments Co. boosted its stake in YPF Sociedad Anonima by 181.2% in the 1st quarter. Sei Investments Co. now owns 31,249 shares of the oil and gas exploration company’s stock worth $759,000 after purchasing an additional 20,135 shares during the period. Ameriprise Financial Inc. bought a new position in YPF Sociedad Anonima in the 1st quarter worth approximately $4,700,000. JPMorgan Chase & Co. bought a new position in YPF Sociedad Anonima in the 1st quarter worth approximately $1,673,000. Teachers Advisors LLC boosted its stake in YPF Sociedad Anonima by 2.7% in the 1st quarter. Teachers Advisors LLC now owns 651,148 shares of the oil and gas exploration company’s stock worth $15,810,000 after purchasing an additional 17,000 shares during the period. Finally, Morgan Stanley boosted its stake in YPF Sociedad Anonima by 35.4% in the 1st quarter. Morgan Stanley now owns 2,925,707 shares of the oil and gas exploration company’s stock worth $71,036,000 after purchasing an additional 764,571 shares during the period. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 29.39% of the company’s stock.

YPF Sociedad Anonima Company Profile

YPF Sociedad Anonima (YPF) is an energy company. The Company is operating a fully integrated oil and gas chain. The Company operates through the segments, including Exploration and Production, Downstream, and Corporate and Other. The Company’s Exploration and Production segment includes exploration and production activities, natural gas and crude oil purchases, sales of natural gas, and to a lesser extent crude oil, to third parties and intersegment sales of crude oil, natural gas and its byproducts.

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