Somewhat Positive Media Coverage Somewhat Unlikely to Affect Ecopetrol (NYSE:EC) Share Price

Media headlines about Ecopetrol (NYSE:EC) have trended somewhat positive on Sunday, Accern reports. Accern ranks the sentiment of news coverage by monitoring more than 20 million news and blog sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Ecopetrol earned a media sentiment score of 0.15 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news coverage about the oil and gas company an impact score of 45.0012432606822 out of 100, meaning that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the near future.

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

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A number of research firms have commented on EC. UBS lowered Ecopetrol from a “neutral” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Thursday, January 11th. TheStreet raised Ecopetrol from a “c+” rating to a “b-” rating in a report on Wednesday, January 24th. Zacks Investment Research raised Ecopetrol from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $22.00 price target for the company in a report on Tuesday, January 30th. Citigroup lowered Ecopetrol from a “neutral” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Monday, February 5th. Finally, Santander downgraded Ecopetrol from a “hold” rating to an “underperform” rating in a research report on Friday, March 9th. Seven investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, four have issued a hold rating and one has given a buy rating to the stock. The stock presently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $13.00.

EC opened at $19.36 on Friday. Ecopetrol has a one year low of $8.60 and a one year high of $20.55. The company has a market cap of $39,800.96, a PE ratio of 33.96, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 0.29 and a beta of 1.27. The company has a current ratio of 1.38, a quick ratio of 1.11 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.77.

The company also recently disclosed a special dividend, which will be paid on Friday, April 27th. Investors of record on Wednesday, April 18th will be paid a $0.6374 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Tuesday, April 17th. This is a boost from Ecopetrol’s previous special dividend of $0.16. Ecopetrol’s dividend payout ratio is 64.00%.

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Ecopetrol Company Profile

Ecopetrol SA operates as an integrated oil company. It operates through three segments: Exploration and Production; Transport and Logistics; and Refining, Petrochemical and Biofuels. The company produces crude oil and gas; and engages in the extraction, collection, treatment, storage and pumping, or compression of hydrocarbons.

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