News headlines about PetroChina (NYSE:PTR) have trended somewhat positive recently, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. The research group identifies positive and negative press coverage by monitoring more than twenty million news and blog sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. PetroChina earned a media sentiment score of 0.13 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news headlines about the oil and gas company an impact score of 45.6296199493848 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the next several days.

PetroChina (PTR) traded up $1.01 on Tuesday, hitting $75.69. 75,400 shares of the company were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 122,593. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.22, a quick ratio of 0.56 and a current ratio of 0.79. PetroChina has a 52 week low of $60.69 and a 52 week high of $81.80. The stock has a market cap of $136,680.08, a PE ratio of 39.84 and a beta of 1.25.

PetroChina (NYSE:PTR) last released its earnings results on Monday, October 30th. The oil and gas company reported $0.45 earnings per share for the quarter, missing analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.46 by ($0.01). PetroChina had a net margin of 1.22% and a return on equity of 2.08%. equities research analysts anticipate that PetroChina will post 2.91 EPS for the current year.

A number of research analysts recently weighed in on the stock. Nomura assumed coverage on shares of PetroChina in a research note on Wednesday, December 6th. They set a “buy” rating on the stock. Zacks Investment Research cut shares of PetroChina from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Monday, January 8th. Macquarie cut shares of PetroChina from an “outperform” rating to a “neutral” rating in a research note on Tuesday, January 9th. Morgan Stanley cut shares of PetroChina from an “overweight” rating to an “equal weight” rating in a research note on Tuesday, January 2nd. Finally, Citigroup upgraded shares of PetroChina from a “sell” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Thursday, January 11th. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, five have issued a hold rating and five have assigned a buy rating to the stock. The stock presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $83.00.

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About PetroChina

PetroChina Company Limited is a China-based company principally engaged in the production and distribution of oil and gas. The Company mainly operates through four business segments. The Exploration and Production segment is principally engaged in the exploration, development, production and sales of crude oil and natural gas.

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