Shares of Vermilion Energy Inc. (NYSE:VET) saw strong trading volume on Tuesday . 116,796 shares traded hands during mid-day trading, an increase of 29% from the previous session’s volume of 90,525 shares.The stock last traded at $32.55 and had previously closed at $32.66.

Several equities analysts recently weighed in on the stock. Scotiabank reaffirmed an “outperform” rating and issued a $52.50 price target on shares of Vermilion Energy in a research report on Thursday, June 30th. Barclays PLC reaffirmed an “overweight” rating and issued a $45.00 price target on shares of Vermilion Energy in a research report on Thursday, June 30th. CIBC reaffirmed an “outperform” rating and issued a $50.00 price target on shares of Vermilion Energy in a research report on Wednesday, June 15th. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of Vermilion Energy from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Saturday, June 11th. Finally, TD Securities reaffirmed a “buy” rating and issued a $49.00 price target (up previously from $44.00) on shares of Vermilion Energy in a research report on Tuesday, May 10th. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, four have issued a hold rating and eight have given a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company currently has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $48.17.

The company has a 50 day moving average price of $32.73 and a 200-day moving average price of $29.67. The company’s market cap is $3.71 billion.

Vermilion Energy (NYSE:VET) last released its 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 firm earned $177.40 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $186.50 million. Equities analysts expect that Vermilion Energy Inc. will post ($1.25) earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently announced a monthly dividend, which will be paid on Monday, August 15th. Stockholders of record on Friday, July 22nd will be issued a $0.1659 dividend. The ex-dividend date is Wednesday, July 20th. This represents a $1.99 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 6.12%.

Several large investors have recently added to or reduced their stakes in the company. Morgan Stanley raised its stake in Vermilion Energy by 760.3% in the fourth quarter. Morgan Stanley now owns 53,142 shares of the company’s stock valued at $1,441,000 after buying an additional 46,965 shares during the period. State of Wisconsin Investment Board raised its stake 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 valued at $2,593,000 after buying an additional 39,600 shares during the period. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP raised its stake in Vermilion Energy by 11.3% in the fourth quarter. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP now owns 134,733 shares of the company’s stock valued at $3,657,000 after buying an additional 13,634 shares during the period. I.G. Investment Management LTD. raised its stake 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 valued at $8,058,000 after buying an additional 7,427 shares during the period. Finally, Columbia Wanger Asset Management LLC raised its stake 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 valued at $50,039,000 after buying an additional 584,000 shares during the period.

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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