Alon USA Energy Inc. (NYSE:ALJ) was up 5.6% on Tuesday . The company traded as high as $6.66 and last traded at $6.55, with a volume of 868,117 shares changing hands. The stock had previously closed at $6.20.

A number of equities research analysts have weighed in on ALJ shares. Credit Suisse Group AG lowered their price objective on Alon USA Energy from $15.00 to $13.00 in a report on Tuesday, April 12th. Barclays PLC lowered their price objective on Alon USA Energy from $13.00 to $11.00 and set an “underweight” rating on the stock in a report on Friday, April 8th. Zacks Investment Research lowered Alon USA Energy from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Tuesday. TheStreet downgraded shares of Alon USA Energy from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Friday, May 6th. Finally, Wells Fargo & Co. reiterated a “hold” rating on shares of Alon USA Energy in a research report on Sunday. Two research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating and six have given a hold rating to the stock. The company currently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $11.57.

The company’s market capitalization is $467.34 million. The stock has a 50-day moving average of $6.89 and a 200 day moving average of $9.87.

Alon USA Energy (NYSE:ALJ) last released its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, May 4th. The company reported ($0.42) earnings per share for the quarter, missing the consensus estimate of ($0.35) by $0.07. The company had revenue of $894.97 million for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $927.91 million. The firm’s revenue for the quarter was down 18.9% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter last year, the business posted $0.30 EPS. Analysts predict that Alon USA Energy Inc. will post ($0.84) earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

In related news, VP Michael Oster sold 47,000 shares of the stock in a transaction dated Thursday, May 19th. The shares were sold at an average price of $8.19, for a total transaction of $384,930.00. Following the sale, the vice president now owns 62,300 shares in the company, valued at $510,237. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is available through this hyperlink. Also, insider Jeff D. Morris sold 25,000 shares of the stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, May 10th. The stock was sold at an average price of $8.67, for a total transaction of $216,750.00. Following the sale, the insider now owns 1,486,653 shares in the company, valued at approximately $12,889,281.51. The disclosure for this sale can be found here.

A number of large investors have added to or reduced their stakes in ALJ. Cornerstone Capital Management Holdings LLC. raised its stake in Alon USA Energy by 0.7% in the fourth quarter. Cornerstone Capital Management Holdings LLC. now owns 153,359 shares of the company’s stock valued at $2,276,000 after buying an additional 1,058 shares during the period. Systematic Financial Management LP boosted its position in Alon USA Energy by 281.1% in the fourth quarter. Systematic Financial Management LP now owns 457,097 shares of the company’s stock valued at $6,783,000 after buying an additional 337,157 shares during the period. GSA Capital Partners LLP boosted its position in Alon USA Energy by 39.2% in the fourth quarter. GSA Capital Partners LLP now owns 181,071 shares of the company’s stock valued at $2,687,000 after buying an additional 51,012 shares during the period. California Public Employees Retirement System boosted its position in Alon USA Energy by 20.8% in the fourth quarter. California Public Employees Retirement System now owns 138,600 shares of the company’s stock valued at $2,057,000 after buying an additional 23,900 shares during the period. Finally, Matarin Capital Management LLC purchased a new position in Alon USA Energy during the fourth quarter valued at approximately $2,540,000.

Alon USA Energy, Inc is an independent refiner and marketer of petroleum products, operating primarily in the South Central, Southwestern and Western regions of the United States. The Company operates through three segments: refining and marketing, asphalt and retail. Its refineries produce petroleum products, including various grades of gasoline, diesel fuel, jet fuel, petrochemicals, petrochemical feedstocks, asphalt and other petroleum-based products.

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