Shares of Occidental Petroleum Corporation (NYSE:OXY) have been given an average rating of “Hold” by the eighteen analysts that are presently covering the firm, MarketBeat.com reports. Four research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, eight have assigned a hold rating and six have given a buy rating to the company. The average twelve-month target price among brokers that have issued ratings on the stock in the last year is $66.38.

Several equities analysts recently commented on the company. Bank of America Corporation reiterated a “buy” rating and issued a $80.00 target price (down from $83.00) on shares of Occidental Petroleum Corporation in a research note on Thursday, May 11th. Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group assumed coverage on Occidental Petroleum Corporation in a research note on Monday, May 29th. They issued a “hold” rating and a $69.00 target price for the company. Cowen and Company reiterated a “buy” rating and issued a $80.00 target price on shares of Occidental Petroleum Corporation in a research note on Tuesday, May 23rd. Wolfe Research upgraded Occidental Petroleum Corporation from a “market perform” rating to an “outperform” rating in a research note on Monday, July 17th. Finally, Zacks Investment Research lowered Occidental Petroleum Corporation from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Wednesday, June 14th.

Occidental Petroleum Corporation (NYSE:OXY) opened at 58.92 on Friday. Occidental Petroleum Corporation has a 12-month low of $57.20 and a 12-month high of $78.48. The stock’s 50 day moving average price is $60.55 and its 200-day moving average price is $62.36. The stock has a market capitalization of $45.05 billion, a PE ratio of 414.93 and a beta of 0.65.

Occidental Petroleum Corporation (NYSE:OXY) last released its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, August 2nd. The oil and gas producer reported $0.15 earnings per share for the quarter, topping the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.12 by $0.03. Occidental Petroleum Corporation had a return on equity of 0.13% and a net margin of 0.91%. The company had revenue of $3.60 billion during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $3 billion. During the same period in the previous year, the firm posted ($0.18) earnings per share. The business’s revenue for the quarter was up 40.9% compared to the same quarter last year. Analysts expect that Occidental Petroleum Corporation will post $0.66 earnings per share for the current year.

The company also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Monday, October 16th. Shareholders of record on Monday, September 11th will be given a dividend of $0.77 per share. This represents a $3.08 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 5.23%. The ex-dividend date is Friday, September 8th. This is an increase from Occidental Petroleum Corporation’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.76. Occidental Petroleum Corporation’s payout ratio is 2,338.46%.

In other news, Director William R. Klesse purchased 10,000 shares of the stock in a transaction on Wednesday, August 9th. The stock was purchased at an average price of $61.58 per share, with a total value of $615,800.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the director now owns 70,692 shares in the company, valued at $4,353,213.36. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through the SEC website. Also, CFO Cedric W. Burgher purchased 1,700 shares of the stock in a transaction on Wednesday, June 7th. The shares were purchased at an average cost of $59.85 per share, with a total value of $101,745.00. Following the transaction, the chief financial officer now owns 44,124 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $2,640,821.40. The disclosure for this purchase can be found here. 0.32% of the stock is currently owned by insiders.

Several large investors have recently modified their holdings of OXY. Harel Insurance Investments & Financial Services Ltd. bought a new stake in shares of Occidental Petroleum Corporation during the first quarter valued at $102,000. Grove Bank & Trust increased its stake in shares of Occidental Petroleum Corporation by 54.8% in the second quarter. Grove Bank & Trust now owns 1,758 shares of the oil and gas producer’s stock valued at $105,000 after buying an additional 622 shares during the last quarter. Oakworth Capital Inc. increased its stake in shares of Occidental Petroleum Corporation by 14.7% in the second quarter. Oakworth Capital Inc. now owns 1,952 shares of the oil and gas producer’s stock valued at $117,000 after buying an additional 250 shares during the last quarter. Parallel Advisors LLC increased its stake in shares of Occidental Petroleum Corporation by 15.6% in the first quarter. Parallel Advisors LLC now owns 1,961 shares of the oil and gas producer’s stock valued at $118,000 after buying an additional 264 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Mosaic Family Wealth LLC increased its stake in shares of Occidental Petroleum Corporation by 4.0% in the first quarter. Mosaic Family Wealth LLC now owns 1,887 shares of the oil and gas producer’s stock valued at $120,000 after buying an additional 72 shares during the last quarter. 81.42% of the stock is owned by institutional investors.

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Occidental Petroleum Corporation Company Profile

Occidental Petroleum Corporation (Occidental) is an oil and gas exploration and production company. The Company operates through three segments: oil and gas, chemical (OxyChem), and midstream and marketing. The oil and gas segment explores for, develops and produces oil and condensate, natural gas liquids (NGLs) and natural gas.

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