News stories about Rice Midstream Partners (NYSE:RMP) have trended somewhat positive this week, according to Accern Sentiment. The research firm ranks the sentiment of press coverage by analyzing more than 20 million blog and news sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Rice Midstream Partners earned a media sentiment score of 0.17 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media coverage about the oil and gas producer an impact score of 46.9824706152227 out of 100, meaning that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the near future.

These are some of the headlines that may have effected Accern Sentiment Analysis’s scoring:

Rice Midstream Partners (NYSE RMP) traded down 1.80% during mid-day trading on Friday, hitting $19.68. The company had a trading volume of 353,590 shares. Rice Midstream Partners has a 1-year low of $16.87 and a 1-year high of $26.42. The stock has a market capitalization of $2.01 billion, a PE ratio of 13.93 and a beta of 1.31. The stock has a 50 day moving average price of $20.22 and a 200-day moving average price of $23.54.

Rice Midstream Partners (NYSE:RMP) last issued its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, August 2nd. The oil and gas producer reported $0.42 EPS for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $0.33 by $0.09. The company had revenue of $72.38 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $58.20 million. Rice Midstream Partners had a net margin of 58.22% and a return on equity of 12.71%. The firm’s revenue was up 55.5% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period in the prior year, the firm posted $0.38 EPS. On average, analysts forecast that Rice Midstream Partners will post $1.41 earnings per share for the current year.

The company also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, August 17th. Investors of record on Tuesday, August 8th will be issued a dividend of $0.2711 per share. This represents a $1.08 annualized dividend and a yield of 5.51%. This is an increase from Rice Midstream Partners’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.26. The ex-dividend date is Friday, August 4th. Rice Midstream Partners’s dividend payout ratio is presently 70.13%.

RMP has been the topic of a number of recent research reports. SunTrust Banks, Inc. cut Rice Midstream Partners from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating and reduced their price objective for the company from $28.00 to $21.00 in a research note on Monday, June 19th. Drexel Hamilton cut Rice Midstream Partners from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Monday, June 19th. Zacks Investment Research raised Rice Midstream Partners from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $29.00 price objective on the stock in a research note on Wednesday, May 3rd. Wells Fargo & Company cut Rice Midstream Partners from an “outperform” rating to a “market perform” rating in a research note on Monday, June 19th. Finally, Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group Inc reaffirmed a “neutral” rating on shares of Rice Midstream Partners in a research note on Wednesday, June 21st. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, eleven have given a hold rating and four have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. Rice Midstream Partners has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $23.78.

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About Rice Midstream Partners

Rice Midstream Partners LP owns, operates, develops and acquires midstream assets in the Appalachian Basin. The Company’s segments are gathering and compression, and water services. The gathering and compression segment provides natural gas gathering and compression services for Rice Energy Inc (Rice Energy) and third parties in the Appalachian Basin.

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