Shares of Vermilion Energy Inc. (NYSE:VET) traded up 2.9% during trading on Thursday . The company traded as high as $33.08 and last traded at $32.90, with a volume of 53,827 shares changing hands. The stock had previously closed at $31.97.

A number of analysts have recently commented on the company. CIBC restated an “outperform” rating and issued a $50.00 price target on shares of Vermilion Energy in a report on Wednesday, June 15th. Zacks Investment Research upgraded Vermilion Energy from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Saturday, June 11th. Barclays PLC restated an “overweight” rating and issued a $45.00 price target on shares of Vermilion Energy in a report on Thursday, June 30th. Royal Bank Of Canada restated a “sector perform” rating and issued a $42.00 price target on shares of Vermilion Energy in a report on Monday, May 9th. Finally, Scotiabank restated an “outperform” rating and issued a $52.50 price target on shares of Vermilion Energy in a report on Thursday, June 30th. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, four have assigned a hold rating and eight have given a buy rating to the stock. The company has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $48.17.

The stock’s 50 day moving average price is $32.76 and its 200-day moving average price is $29.53. The company’s market cap is $3.75 billion.

Vermilion Energy (NYSE:VET) last issued its quarterly earnings results on Friday, May 6th. The company reported ($0.76) earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of ($0.77) by $0.01. The company had revenue of $177.40 million for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $186.50 million. On average, analysts expect that Vermilion Energy Inc. will post ($1.25) EPS for the current year.

The firm also recently disclosed a monthly dividend, which will be paid on Monday, August 15th. Investors of record on Friday, July 22nd will be paid a $0.1659 dividend. The ex-dividend date is Wednesday, July 20th. This represents a $1.99 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 6.05%.

Other hedge funds and institutional investors have added to or reduced their stakes in the company. State of Wisconsin Investment Board raised its position in Vermilion Energy by 70.5% in the fourth quarter. State of Wisconsin Investment Board now owns 95,757 shares of the company’s stock worth $2,593,000 after buying an additional 39,600 shares in the last quarter. Columbia Wanger Asset Management LLC raised its position in Vermilion Energy by 46.5% in the fourth quarter. Columbia Wanger Asset Management LLC now owns 1,841,109 shares of the company’s stock worth $50,039,000 after buying an additional 584,000 shares in the last quarter. Morgan Stanley raised its position in Vermilion Energy by 760.3% in the fourth quarter. Morgan Stanley now owns 53,142 shares of the company’s stock worth $1,441,000 after buying an additional 46,965 shares in the last quarter. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP raised its position in Vermilion Energy by 11.3% in the fourth quarter. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP now owns 134,733 shares of the company’s stock worth $3,657,000 after buying an additional 13,634 shares in the last quarter. Finally, I.G. Investment Management LTD. raised its position in Vermilion Energy by 2.6% in the fourth quarter. I.G. Investment Management LTD. now owns 296,314 shares of the company’s stock worth $8,058,000 after buying an additional 7,427 shares in the last quarter.

Vermilion Energy Inc (Vermilion) is a Canada-based international oil and gas producer. The Company is focused on the acquisition, development and optimization of producing properties in North America, Europe and Australia. The Company’s segments are Canada, which relates to its assets in Alberta and Saskatchewan; France, which relates to its operations in France in the Paris and Aquitaine basins; Netherlands, which relates to its operations in the Netherlands; Germany, which relates to its operations in Germany; Ireland, which relates to its non-operated interest in the Corrib offshore natural gas field; Australia, which relates to operations on the Wandoo offshore crude oil field; the United States, which relates to its operations in Wyoming in the Powder River Basin, and Corporate.

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