YPF SA (NYSE:YPF) Short Interest Up 14.9% in July

YPF SA (NYSE:YPF) was the recipient of a large growth in short interest in the month of July. As of July 15th, there was short interest totalling 7,410,000 shares, a growth of 14.9% from the June 30th total of 6,450,000 shares. Currently, 1.9% of the shares of the company are short sold. Based on an average daily volume of 2,110,000 shares, the short-interest ratio is presently 3.5 days.

YPF stock opened at $6.23 on Friday. The company has a 50 day simple moving average of $6.09 and a 200 day simple moving average of $6.24. The stock has a market cap of $2.49 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of -6.17 and a beta of 1.69. YPF has a 1 year low of $2.25 and a 1 year high of $17.03. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.72, a current ratio of 0.86 and a quick ratio of 0.60.

YPF (NYSE:YPF) last released its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday, May 12th. The oil and gas exploration company reported $0.05 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the Zacks’ consensus estimate of ($0.50) by $0.55. The business had revenue of $2.85 billion during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $2.71 billion. YPF had a negative net margin of 2.86% and a positive return on equity of 1.53%. On average, equities research analysts anticipate that YPF will post -1.85 EPS for the current fiscal year.

YPF has been the subject of a number of recent research reports. ValuEngine raised shares of YPF from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Friday, May 1st. JPMorgan Chase & Co. cut shares of YPF from a “neutral” rating to an “underweight” rating in a research report on Monday, June 22nd. Citigroup upgraded shares of YPF from a “sell” rating to a “neutral” rating and set a $4.20 target price for the company in a research report on Wednesday, April 29th. HSBC cut shares of YPF from a “hold” rating to a “reduce” rating in a research report on Friday, July 24th. Finally, Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of YPF from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $7.00 target price for the company in a research report on Saturday, July 18th. Three investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, three have assigned a hold rating and three have given a buy rating to the company. YPF currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $7.98.

A number of hedge funds have recently added to or reduced their stakes in YPF. Bank of New York Mellon Corp increased its position in YPF by 2.6% in the 1st quarter. Bank of New York Mellon Corp now owns 186,485 shares of the oil and gas exploration company’s stock valued at $777,000 after acquiring an additional 4,701 shares during the period. Engineers Gate Manager LP increased its position in YPF by 45.1% in the 1st quarter. Engineers Gate Manager LP now owns 15,684 shares of the oil and gas exploration company’s stock valued at $65,000 after acquiring an additional 4,876 shares during the period. Atlas Capital Advisors LLC increased its position in YPF by 1,166.7% in the 2nd quarter. Atlas Capital Advisors LLC now owns 7,410 shares of the oil and gas exploration company’s stock valued at $43,000 after acquiring an additional 6,825 shares during the period. Marshall Wace LLP acquired a new position in YPF in the 1st quarter valued at approximately $114,000. Finally, Credit Agricole S A increased its position in YPF by 174.2% in the 1st quarter. Credit Agricole S A now owns 15,000 shares of the oil and gas exploration company’s stock valued at $63,000 after acquiring an additional 9,530 shares during the period. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 14.40% of the company’s stock.

About YPF

YPF Sociedad AnĂ³nima, an energy company, operates in the oil and gas upstream and downstream activities in Argentina. The company engages in the exploration, development, and production of crude oil, natural gas, and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG). It is also involved in the refining, marketing, transportation, and distribution of oil, petroleum products, petroleum derivatives, petrochemicals, LPG, and bio-fuels, as well as in gas separation and natural gas distribution operations.

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