Shares of Golar LNG Ltd. (NASDAQ:GLNG) were down 4.2% on Tuesday . The stock traded as low as $15.79 and last traded at $15.80, with a volume of 501,646 shares trading hands. The stock had previously closed at $16.49.

Several analysts recently weighed in on GLNG shares. Zacks Investment Research lowered Golar LNG from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Tuesday, March 22nd. Jefferies Group raised Golar LNG from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and lifted their price target for the company from $19.00 to $39.00 in a research note on Friday, April 22nd. Sanford C. Bernstein lowered Golar LNG from a “buy” rating to a “sell” rating and cut their price target for the company from $38.00 to $10.00 in a research note on Thursday, June 30th. DNB Markets lowered Golar LNG from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Friday, April 29th. Finally, Credit Suisse Group AG reissued an “outperform” rating on shares of Golar LNG in a research note on Wednesday, June 1st. Four equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, two have given a hold rating and eleven have given a buy rating to the company’s stock. Golar LNG currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $34.80.

The firm’s market capitalization is $1.41 billion. The firm has a 50 day moving average price of $16.47 and a 200 day moving average price of $17.36.

The firm also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Thursday, July 7th. Shareholders of record on Wednesday, June 15th were paid a $0.05 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Monday, June 13th. This represents a $0.20 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 1.28%.

Other institutional investors have recently made changes to their positions in the company. BNP Paribas Arbitrage SA raised its position in shares of Golar LNG by 5,703.9% in the fourth quarter. BNP Paribas Arbitrage SA now owns 886,898 shares of the company’s stock valued at $14,004,000 after buying an additional 871,617 shares during the period. Trexquant Investment LP purchased a new position in shares of Golar LNG during the fourth quarter valued at approximately $1,924,000. Morgan Stanley raised its position in shares of Golar LNG by 153.5% in the fourth quarter. Morgan Stanley now owns 1,713,618 shares of the company’s stock valued at $27,058,000 after buying an additional 1,037,709 shares during the period. Quantitative Investment Management LLC raised its position in shares of Golar LNG by 65.7% in the fourth quarter. Quantitative Investment Management LLC now owns 97,900 shares of the company’s stock valued at $1,545,000 after buying an additional 38,800 shares during the period. Finally, New York State Common Retirement Fund raised its position in shares of Golar LNG by 16.5% in the fourth quarter. New York State Common Retirement Fund now owns 470,600 shares of the company’s stock valued at $7,431,000 after buying an additional 66,500 shares during the period.

Golar LNG Limited (Golar) is the owner and operator of liquefied natural gas (LNG) carriers and floating storage regasification units (FSRUs). As of March 31, 2010, Golar had a fleet of 13 vessels, 10 LNG carriers, three FSRUs and a 50% interest in a further LNG carrier. On June 22, 2009, the Company formed a wholly owned subsidiary, Golar LNG Energy Limited (Golar Energy).

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