Royal Dutch Shell (NYSE:RDS.A) Upgraded to “Outperform” by Howard Weil

Royal Dutch Shell (NYSE:RDS.A) was upgraded by equities researchers at Howard Weil to an “outperform” rating in a note issued to investors on Friday, December 22nd.

A number of other equities research analysts have also issued reports on RDS.A. Zacks Investment Research lowered Royal Dutch Shell from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Thursday, August 31st. HSBC downgraded Royal Dutch Shell from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Tuesday, November 21st. Jefferies Group reiterated a “buy” rating and set a $63.20 price target on shares of Royal Dutch Shell in a report on Friday, October 6th. Piper Jaffray Companies set a $62.00 price target on Royal Dutch Shell and gave the company a “buy” rating in a report on Friday, August 25th. Finally, ValuEngine upgraded Royal Dutch Shell from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Thursday, November 9th. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, three have issued a hold rating, twelve have given a buy rating and one has assigned a strong buy rating to the company. The company presently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $62.17.

Shares of Royal Dutch Shell (RDS.A) traded up $1.02 on Friday, hitting $70.88. The stock had a trading volume of 2,920,000 shares, compared to its average volume of 3,010,000. The firm has a market cap of $295,560.00, a price-to-earnings ratio of 27.37, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 2.19 and a beta of 1.08. The company has a current ratio of 1.23, a quick ratio of 0.91 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.40. Royal Dutch Shell has a one year low of $50.32 and a one year high of $70.94.

Royal Dutch Shell (NYSE:RDS.A) last released its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, November 2nd. The energy company reported $0.50 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.82 by ($0.32). Royal Dutch Shell had a net margin of 3.71% and a return on equity of 6.64%. The company had revenue of $75.83 billion for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $74.15 billion. During the same quarter in the prior year, the firm earned $0.70 EPS. The company’s revenue for the quarter was up 22.6% compared to the same quarter last year. sell-side analysts forecast that Royal Dutch Shell will post 3.67 EPS for the current year.

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Royal Dutch Shell Company Profile

The Royal Dutch Shell plc explores for crude oil and natural gas around the world, both in conventional fields and from sources, such as tight rock, shale and coal formations. The Company’s segments include Integrated Gas, Upstream, Downstream and Corporate. The Integrated Gas segment is engaged in the liquefaction and transportation of gas and the conversion of natural gas to liquids to provide fuels and other products, as well as projects with an integrated activity, ranging from producing to commercializing gas.

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