Halliburton Co. (NYSE:HAL) was up 3.1% on Thursday . The stock traded as high as $46.55 and last traded at $46.49, with a volume of 4,450,179 shares. The stock had previously closed at $45.10.

Several equities research analysts have recently weighed in on HAL shares. Johnson Rice reiterated an “accumulate” rating on shares of Halliburton in a research note on Monday, July 25th. Citigroup Inc. increased their target price on shares of Halliburton from $47.00 to $48.00 and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research note on Monday, April 25th. Jefferies Group reiterated a “buy” rating and set a $43.00 target price on shares of Halliburton in a research note on Monday, April 25th. KeyCorp restated a “buy” rating on shares of Halliburton in a research report on Monday, April 25th. Finally, Goldman Sachs Group Inc. restated a “buy” rating and issued a $46.00 price objective on shares of Halliburton in a research report on Monday, May 9th. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, nine have assigned a hold rating, twenty-eight have assigned a buy rating and one has issued a strong buy rating to the stock. The company has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $47.17.

The firm’s market capitalization is $40.01 billion. The firm’s 50 day moving average price is $44.11 and its 200 day moving average price is $39.47.

Halliburton (NYSE:HAL) last announced its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, July 20th. The oilfield services company reported ($0.14) EPS for the quarter, topping the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of ($0.19) by $0.05. During the same quarter last year, the company earned $0.44 EPS. The business had revenue of $3.84 billion for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $3.76 billion. The business’s revenue for the quarter was down 35.2% compared to the same quarter last year. On average, analysts expect that Halliburton Co. will post ($0.18) earnings per share for the current year.

The firm also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Wednesday, September 28th. Stockholders of record on Wednesday, September 7th will be paid a dividend of $0.18 per share. The ex-dividend date is Friday, September 2nd. This represents a $0.72 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 1.55%.

In other news, EVP Eric Carre sold 10,425 shares of the stock in a transaction on Friday, May 20th. The shares were sold at an average price of $40.47, for a total transaction of $421,899.75. Following the transaction, the executive vice president now owns 156,368 shares in the company, valued at approximately $6,328,212.96. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is accessible through the SEC website. Also, President Jeffrey Allen Miller sold 19,776 shares of the stock in a transaction on Tuesday, June 7th. The stock was sold at an average price of $45.00, for a total transaction of $889,920.00. Following the transaction, the president now owns 319,403 shares in the company, valued at approximately $14,373,135. The disclosure for this sale can be found here.

Several hedge funds have recently bought and sold shares of HAL. Schwab Charles Investment Management Inc. increased its stake in Halliburton by 3.4% in the fourth quarter. Schwab Charles Investment Management Inc. now owns 2,520,388 shares of the oilfield services company’s stock valued at $85,795,000 after buying an additional 82,208 shares in the last quarter. BlackRock Advisors LLC increased its stake in Halliburton by 2.8% in the fourth quarter. BlackRock Advisors LLC now owns 1,616,821 shares of the oilfield services company’s stock valued at $55,037,000 after buying an additional 43,436 shares in the last quarter. Suntrust Banks Inc. increased its stake in Halliburton by 29.6% in the fourth quarter. Suntrust Banks Inc. now owns 52,285 shares of the oilfield services company’s stock valued at $1,778,000 after buying an additional 11,953 shares in the last quarter. Snow Capital Management LP increased its stake in Halliburton by 14.3% in the fourth quarter. Snow Capital Management LP now owns 1,346,996 shares of the oilfield services company’s stock valued at $45,852,000 after buying an additional 168,528 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Dimensional Fund Advisors LP increased its stake in Halliburton by 17.4% in the fourth quarter. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP now owns 2,934,003 shares of the oilfield services company’s stock valued at $99,874,000 after buying an additional 435,336 shares in the last quarter.

Halliburton Company is a provider of services and products to the upstream oil and natural gas industry. The Company operates through two segments: the Completion and Production segment, and the Drilling and Evaluation segment. The Company’s Completion and Production segment delivers cementing, stimulation, intervention, pressure control, specialty chemicals, artificial lift, and completion products and services.

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