Shares of Vermilion Energy Inc. (NYSE:VET) traded up 4.3% during trading on Monday . The company traded as high as $36.35 and last traded at $36.27, with a volume of 143,543 shares changing hands. The stock had previously closed at $34.79.

A number of analysts have commented on the stock. Desjardins reaffirmed a “buy” rating and set a $44.00 price objective (up from $42.00) on shares of Vermilion Energy in a research note on Tuesday, May 10th. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of Vermilion Energy from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Saturday, June 11th. Barclays PLC reaffirmed an “overweight” rating and set a $45.00 price objective on shares of Vermilion Energy in a research note on Thursday, June 30th. Royal Bank Of Canada reaffirmed a “sector perform” rating and set a $42.00 price objective on shares of Vermilion Energy in a research note on Monday, May 9th. Finally, CIBC reaffirmed an “outperform” rating and set a $50.00 price objective on shares of Vermilion Energy in a research note on Wednesday, June 15th. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, four have given a hold rating and eight have issued a buy rating to the company. The company presently has an average rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $48.17.

The stock’s market cap is $4.05 billion. The company has a 50-day moving average price of $32.38 and a 200-day moving average price of $30.34.

Vermilion Energy (NYSE:VET) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Monday, August 8th. The company reported ($0.48) EPS for the quarter, missing the Zacks’ consensus estimate of ($0.32) by $0.16. The company earned $212.86 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $151.30 million. Analysts expect that Vermilion Energy Inc. will post ($0.91) EPS for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently disclosed a monthly dividend, which will be paid on Monday, August 15th. Investors of record on Friday, July 22nd will be given 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 5.60%.

A number of hedge funds have recently made changes to their positions in VET. Morgan Stanley raised its stake in shares of 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 during the last quarter. State of Wisconsin Investment Board raised its stake in shares of 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 during the last quarter. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP raised its stake in shares of 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 during the last quarter. Finally, I.G. Investment Management LTD. raised its stake in shares of 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 during 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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