The shares of Halliburton Company (NYSE:HAL) has been pegged with a rating of Buy by Goldman in its latest research note that was published on March 11th, 2019. The research company has also assigned a $42 price target. Goldman wasn’t the only research firm that published a report of Halliburton Company, with other equities research analysts also giving their opinion on the stock. Societe Generale advised investors in its research note published on December 20th, 2018, to Buy the HAL stock. The stock had earned Buy rating from BofA/Merrill when it published its report on December 3rd, 2018. That day the BofA/Merrill set price target on the stock to $48. The stock was given Buy rating by BofA/Merrill in its report released on October 18th, 2018. Cleveland Research was of a view that HAL is Neutral in its latest report on October 18th, 2018. Stephens thinks that HAL is worth Overweight rating. This was contained in the firm’s report on October 12th, 2018.
Amongst the analysts that rated the stock, 0 have recommended investors to sell it, 4 believe it has the potential for further growth, thus rating it as Hold while 12 advised investors to purchase the stock. The consensus currently stands at a Hold while its average price target is $38.67. The price of the stock the last time has raised by 21.90% from its Week high price while it is raised higher than its 52-Week low price. A look at the stock’s other technical shows that its 14-day RSI now stands at 43.41.
The shares of the company dipped by -3.34% during the trading session on Wednesday, reaching a low of $30.01 while ending the day at $30.11. During the trading session, a total of 11.34 million shares were traded which represents a -21.19% decline from the average session volume which is 9.36M shares. HAL had ended its last session trading at 31.15. Halliburton Company currently has a market cap of $26.67B, while its P/E ratio stands at 16.40, while its P/E earnings growth sits at 1.11, with a beta of 1.22. Halliburton Company debt-to-equity ratio currently stands at 1.10, while its quick ratio hovers at 1.70. HAL 52-week low price stands at $24.70 while its 52-week high price is $54.91.
The company in its last quarterly report recorded $0.23 earnings per share which is above the $0.22 predicted by most analysts. The Halliburton Company generated $5,737.00 million in revenue during the last quarter, which is slightly higher than the $5,526.13 million predicted by analysts. In the second quarter last year, the firm recorded $0.41 earnings per share. Compared to the same quarter last year, the firm’s revenue was down by -78.26%. Halliburton Company has the potential to record 1.84 EPS for the current fiscal year, according to equities analysts.
Investment analysts at BofA/Merrill published a research note on April 11th, 2019 where it informed investors and clients that United States Steel Corporation (NYSE:X) is now rated as Underperform. Their price target on the stock stands at $18. Societe Generale also rated X as Upgrade on December 20th, 2018, with its price target of suggesting that X could surge by 30% from its current share price. Even though the stock has been trading at $16.15/share, analysts expect it to surge higher by -0.31% to reach $23.00/share. It started the day trading at $16.20 and traded between $15.94 and $16.10 throughout the trading session.
A look at its technical shows that X’s 50-day SMA is 20.10 while its 200-day SMA stands at 25.35. The stock has a high of $39.23 for the year while the low is $15.87. The company’s P/E ratio currently sits at 2.57, while the P/B ratio is 0.67. At the moment, only of United States Steel Corporation shares were sold short. The company’s average trading volume currently stands at 10.39M shares, which means that the short-interest ratio is just 1.67 days. Over the past seven days, the company moved, with its shift of -3.94%. Looking further, the stock has dropped -21.96% over the past 90 days while it lost -41.65% over the last six months.
The change in the stock’s fortunes has led to several institutional investors altering their holdings of the stock. The Vanguard Group Inc bought more X shares, increasing its portfolio by +1.86% during the last quarter. This move now sees The Vanguard Group Inc purchasing 299,419 shares in the last quarter, thus it now holds 16,426,516 shares of X, with a total valuation of $320,152,797. BlackRock Fund Advisors meanwhile sold more X shares in the recently filed quarter, changing its stake to $284,369,293 worth of shares. Luminus Management LLC followed the path by increasing its X portfolio by +67.13% in the quarter. This means that Luminus Management LLC bought 2,243,878 shares in the last quarter and now controls 5,586,379 shares of the X stock, with the valuation hitting $108,878,527.
Similarly, Dimensional Fund Advisors LP decreased its United States Steel Corporation shares by -3.67% during the recently filed quarter. After selling -180,783 shares in the last quarter, the firm now controls 4,740,532 shares of United States Steel Corporation which are valued at $92,392,969. In the same vein, Bridgewater Associates LP increased its United States Steel Corporation shares by during the most recent reported quarter. The firm bought 2,577,444 shares during the quarter which increased its stakes to 3,669,907 shares and is now valued at $71,526,487. Following these latest developments, around 1.00% of United States Steel Corporation stocks are owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.