Vermilion Energy Inc. (NYSE:VET) shot 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 trading hands. The stock had previously closed at $34.79.

A number of brokerages recently commented on VET. Royal Bank Of Canada reissued a “sector perform” rating and issued a $42.00 price objective on shares of Vermilion Energy in a research note on Monday, May 9th. Scotiabank reissued an “outperform” rating and issued a $52.50 price objective on shares of Vermilion Energy in a research note on Thursday, June 30th. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of Vermilion Energy from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Saturday, June 11th. TD Securities restated a “buy” rating and issued a $49.00 target price (up from $44.00) on shares of Vermilion Energy in a report on Tuesday, May 10th. Finally, Desjardins restated a “buy” rating and issued a $44.00 target price (up from $42.00) on shares of Vermilion Energy in a report on Tuesday, May 10th. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, four have assigned a hold rating and eight have given a buy rating to the company’s stock. Vermilion Energy presently has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $48.17.

The firm’s market cap is $4.22 billion. The company’s 50-day moving average is $32.54 and its 200-day moving average is $30.62.

Vermilion Energy (NYSE:VET) last released its earnings results on Monday, August 8th. The company reported ($0.48) earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing analysts’ consensus estimates of ($0.32) by $0.16. The company earned $212.86 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $151.30 million. Equities research analysts expect that Vermilion Energy Inc. will post ($0.69) EPS for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently announced a monthly dividend, which will be paid on Monday, August 15th. Investors of record on Friday, July 22nd will be issued a dividend of $0.1659 per share. This represents a $1.99 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 5.50%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Wednesday, July 20th.

A number of hedge funds and institutional investors have recently added to or reduced their stakes in VET. 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 during the last quarter. 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 during 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 during the last quarter. Finally, 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 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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