Sanchez Energy Corp. (NYSE:SN) was up 13.9% on Tuesday . The stock traded as high as $7.09 and last traded at $7.04, with a volume of 2,396,517 shares trading hands. The stock had previously closed at $6.18.

Several equities research analysts have recently weighed in on SN shares. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of Sanchez Energy Corp. from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $6.00 target price on the stock in a research note on Tuesday, March 15th. Royal Bank Of Canada started coverage on shares of Sanchez Energy Corp. in a research note on Friday, March 18th. They issued an “outperform” rating and a $7.00 target price on the stock. Northland Securities increased their target price on shares of Sanchez Energy Corp. from $5.00 to $6.00 and gave the company an “outperform” rating in a research note on Monday, March 14th. Stifel Nicolaus reissued a “hold” rating on shares of Sanchez Energy Corp. in a research note on Thursday, March 31st. Finally, Seaport Global Securities downgraded shares of Sanchez Energy Corp. from a “buy” rating to a “neutral” rating in a research note on Wednesday, March 30th. Nine equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and nine have issued a buy rating to the company. Sanchez Energy Corp. presently has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $7.53.

The firm’s 50 day moving average price is $7.69 and its 200-day moving average price is $5.83. The stock’s market cap is $412.37 million.

Sanchez Energy Corp. (NYSE:SN) last posted its quarterly earnings data on Monday, May 9th. The company reported ($1.20) EPS for the quarter, missing the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of ($0.12) by $1.08. The business had revenue of $79.82 million for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $127.24 million. During the same period last year, the business posted ($0.97) EPS. The business’s revenue was down 28.1% on a year-over-year basis. On average, equities analysts predict that Sanchez Energy Corp. will post ($0.46) earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

In other news, Director Gilbert A. Garcia sold 7,936 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, June 3rd. The shares were sold at an average price of $8.05, for a total transaction of $63,884.80. Following the completion of the sale, the director now owns 85,251 shares in the company, valued at approximately $686,270.55. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is available at the SEC website. Also, COO Christopher Heinson sold 14,264 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Wednesday, May 11th. The stock was sold at an average price of $8.12, for a total transaction of $115,823.68. Following the sale, the chief operating officer now owns 605,177 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $4,914,037.24. The disclosure for this sale can be found here.

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

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