Traders sold shares of Vale SA (NYSE:VALE) on strength during trading hours on Monday. $19.04 million flowed into the stock on the tick-up and $55.70 million flowed out of the stock on the tick-down, for a money net flow of $36.66 million out of the stock. Of all equities tracked, Vale had the 24th highest net out-flow for the day. Vale traded up $0.04 for the day and closed at $13.28

A number of equities analysts have recently weighed in on VALE shares. Barclays restated a “buy” rating and issued a $13.40 target price on shares of Vale in a research note on Thursday, February 7th. Morgan Stanley downgraded Vale from an “overweight” rating to an “equal weight” rating and set a $11.40 target price on the stock. in a research note on Thursday, February 7th. HSBC downgraded Vale from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating and cut their target price for the stock from $18.00 to $14.50 in a research note on Monday, January 28th. Jefferies Financial Group downgraded Vale from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating and cut their target price for the stock from $18.00 to $14.00 in a research note on Monday, January 28th. Finally, ValuEngine upgraded Vale from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Monday, February 4th. Four research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, eleven have given a hold rating and four have given a buy rating to the stock. The company currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $14.03.

The company has a quick ratio of 1.19, a current ratio of 1.68 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.32. The company has a market capitalization of $69.08 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 7.18 and a beta of 1.13.

A number of institutional investors have recently bought and sold shares of the stock. Mercer Global Advisors Inc. ADV purchased a new position in Vale in the first quarter valued at approximately $140,000. Verde Servicos Internacionais S.A. purchased a new position in Vale in the first quarter valued at approximately $2,938,000. Dorsey Wright & Associates purchased a new position in Vale in the first quarter valued at approximately $3,120,000. Deutsche Bank AG lifted its stake in Vale by 9.8% in the fourth quarter. Deutsche Bank AG now owns 3,963,714 shares of the basic materials company’s stock valued at $52,278,000 after purchasing an additional 354,223 shares during the last quarter. Finally, MUFG Securities EMEA plc lifted its stake in Vale by 14.4% in the fourth quarter. MUFG Securities EMEA plc now owns 23,873 shares of the basic materials company’s stock valued at $315,000 after purchasing an additional 3,000 shares during the last quarter. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 19.79% of the company’s stock.

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About Vale (NYSE:VALE)

Vale SA, together with its subsidiaries, produces and sells iron ore and iron ore pellets for use as raw materials in steelmaking in Brazil and internationally. It operates through Ferrous Minerals, Coal, and Base Metals segments. The Ferrous Minerals segment produces and extracts iron ore and pellets, manganese, ferroalloys, and others ferrous products and services, as well as engages in the provision of related railroad, port, and terminal logistics services.

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