Consol Energy Inc. (NYSE:CNX)’s share price was up 3.6% on Tuesday . The stock traded as high as $17.86 and last traded at $17.78, with a volume of 3,320,562 shares changing hands. The stock had previously closed at $17.17.

Several equities analysts recently weighed in on CNX shares. KLR Group started coverage on Consol Energy in a research report on Monday, April 4th. They set a “buy” rating and a $17.00 target price on the stock. Zacks Investment Research upgraded Consol Energy from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $19.00 target price on the stock in a research report on Monday, July 18th. Barclays PLC lifted their target price on Consol Energy from $12.00 to $14.00 and gave the company an “equal weight” rating in a research report on Wednesday, July 13th. Sterne Agee CRT reiterated a “buy” rating on shares of Consol Energy in a research report on Monday, May 16th. Finally, FBR & Co reiterated a “buy” rating on shares of Consol Energy in a research report on Tuesday, May 3rd. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, seven have assigned a hold rating and ten have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company has an average rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $14.16.

The stock’s market cap is $4.21 billion. The stock has a 50 day moving average of $15.55 and a 200 day moving average of $12.16.

Consol Energy (NYSE:CNX) last announced its quarterly earnings results on Tuesday, July 26th. The company reported ($0.21) earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing the consensus estimate of ($0.19) by $0.02. The business had revenue of $285.80 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $566.84 million. During the same quarter in the previous year, the business earned ($0.37) earnings per share. Consol Energy’s quarterly revenue was down 47.6% on a year-over-year basis. Equities analysts anticipate that Consol Energy Inc. will post ($0.45) EPS for the current fiscal year.

In other Consol Energy news, major shareholder David Einhorn sold 7,000,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, June 1st. The shares were sold at an average price of $15.01, for a total value of $105,070,000.00. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is available at the SEC website.

Several hedge funds have made changes to their positions in the stock. California State Teachers Retirement System increased its stake in shares of Consol Energy by 1.6% in the fourth quarter. California State Teachers Retirement System now owns 437,507 shares of the company’s stock valued at $3,456,000 after buying an additional 6,857 shares during the period. Rhumbline Advisers increased its stake in shares of Consol Energy by 6.7% in the fourth quarter. Rhumbline Advisers now owns 303,788 shares of the company’s stock valued at $2,400,000 after buying an additional 19,208 shares during the period. State of Tennessee Treasury Department increased its stake in shares of Consol Energy by 83.5% in the fourth quarter. State of Tennessee Treasury Department now owns 204,341 shares of the company’s stock valued at $1,614,000 after buying an additional 92,955 shares during the period. PNC Financial Services Group Inc. increased its stake in shares of Consol Energy by 402.3% in the fourth quarter. PNC Financial Services Group Inc. now owns 157,059 shares of the company’s stock valued at $1,239,000 after buying an additional 125,793 shares during the period. Finally, California Public Employees Retirement System increased its stake in shares of Consol Energy by 19.9% in the fourth quarter. California Public Employees Retirement System now owns 767,546 shares of the company’s stock valued at $6,064,000 after buying an additional 127,300 shares during the period.

CONSOL Energy Inc (CONSOL Energy) is an integrated energy company that operates through two divisions: oil and gas exploration and production (E&P) and coal mining. The principal activity of the E&P division is to produce pipeline quality natural gas for sale primarily to natural gas wholesalers. The E&P division’s segments are Marcellus, Utica, Coalbed Methane, and Other Gas.

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