YPF Sociedad Anonima (NYSE:YPF) has been assigned a consensus recommendation of “Buy” from the eight brokerages that are presently covering the firm, MarketBeat reports. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell recommendation, two have given a hold recommendation and five have issued a buy recommendation on the company. The average 12-month target price among brokers that have covered the stock in the last year is $27.40.

Several equities research analysts have issued reports on YPF shares. Credit Suisse Group set a $27.00 target price on YPF Sociedad Anonima and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research report on Monday, August 7th. Zacks Investment Research downgraded YPF Sociedad Anonima from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Wednesday, November 1st. Citigroup Inc. assumed coverage on YPF Sociedad Anonima in a research report on Monday, October 9th. They issued a “buy” rating and a $28.00 price objective on the stock. BidaskClub downgraded YPF Sociedad Anonima from a “sell” rating to a “strong sell” rating in a research report on Monday, July 24th. Finally, ValuEngine upgraded YPF Sociedad Anonima from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Thursday, August 17th.

YPF Sociedad Anonima (NYSE:YPF) traded down $0.44 on Thursday, hitting $24.72. The stock had a trading volume of 815,145 shares, compared to its average volume of 1,028,966. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.11, a current ratio of 1.24 and a quick ratio of 0.90.

Several hedge funds have recently added to or reduced their stakes in YPF. BlackRock Inc. raised its holdings in YPF Sociedad Anonima by 3,641,898.0% in the 1st quarter. BlackRock Inc. now owns 3,641,998 shares of the oil and gas exploration company’s stock worth $88,427,000 after acquiring an additional 3,641,898 shares during the last quarter. Discovery Capital Management LLC CT bought a new stake in YPF Sociedad Anonima in the 2nd quarter worth approximately $58,027,000. BT Investment Management Ltd bought a new stake in YPF Sociedad Anonima in the 2nd quarter worth approximately $49,585,000. Brandes Investment Partners LP bought a new stake in shares of YPF Sociedad Anonima during the 2nd quarter valued at $33,228,000. Finally, Boston Partners grew its position in shares of YPF Sociedad Anonima by 81.0% during the 3rd quarter. Boston Partners now owns 3,340,874 shares of the oil and gas exploration company’s stock valued at $74,435,000 after acquiring an additional 1,495,591 shares during the period. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 29.28% of the company’s stock.

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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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