Dynagas LNG Partners LP (NYSE:DLNG) has been assigned an average recommendation of “Hold” from the nine brokerages that are covering the company, MarketBeat.com reports. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, five have issued a hold rating and three have issued a buy rating on the company. The average 12-month target price among analysts that have updated their coverage on the stock in the last year is $16.25.

DLNG has been the subject of a number of recent analyst reports. Stifel Nicolaus set a $19.00 price target on shares of Dynagas LNG Partners and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research note on Friday. Jefferies Group LLC reaffirmed a “buy” rating and set a $19.00 price target on shares of Dynagas LNG Partners in a research note on Tuesday. Maxim Group set a $20.00 price target on shares of Dynagas LNG Partners and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research note on Monday, May 22nd. Morgan Stanley dropped their price target on shares of Dynagas LNG Partners to $13.00 and set an “equal weight” rating for the company in a research note on Tuesday, June 13th. Finally, Zacks Investment Research raised shares of Dynagas LNG Partners from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Tuesday, June 6th.

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Large investors have recently added to or reduced their stakes in the stock. Royal Bank of Canada boosted its stake in Dynagas LNG Partners by 45.4% in the second quarter. Royal Bank of Canada now owns 7,043 shares of the shipping company’s stock valued at $107,000 after buying an additional 2,200 shares during the period. Marshall Wace North America L.P. bought a new stake in Dynagas LNG Partners during the second quarter valued at about $238,000. Cambridge Investment Research Advisors Inc. bought a new stake in Dynagas LNG Partners during the second quarter valued at about $367,000. Pointe Capital Management LLC bought a new stake in Dynagas LNG Partners during the first quarter valued at about $526,000. Finally, Goldman Sachs Group Inc. boosted its stake in Dynagas LNG Partners by 86.0% in the first quarter. Goldman Sachs Group Inc. now owns 31,099 shares of the shipping company’s stock valued at $548,000 after buying an additional 14,378 shares during the period. 21.01% of the stock is owned by institutional investors.

Shares of Dynagas LNG Partners (NYSE:DLNG) traded up 1.20% during midday trading on Wednesday, reaching $14.36. 65,837 shares of the company’s stock were exchanged. The stock has a market cap of $510.14 million, a price-to-earnings ratio of 9.13 and a beta of 1.10. The firm has a 50 day moving average of $14.69 and a 200-day moving average of $15.73. Dynagas LNG Partners has a one year low of $12.76 and a one year high of $17.93.

Dynagas LNG Partners (NYSE:DLNG) last released its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, June 8th. The shipping company reported $0.37 EPS for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.34 by $0.03. Dynagas LNG Partners had a net margin of 37.68% and a return on equity of 23.74%. The firm had revenue of $39.09 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $40.38 million. On average, equities research analysts anticipate that Dynagas LNG Partners will post $1.02 earnings per share for the current year.

About Dynagas LNG Partners

Dynagas LNG Partners LP is a limited partnership, which focuses on owning and operating liquid natural gas (LNG) carriers. The Company’s vessels are employed on multi-year time charters with international energy companies. As of December 31, 2016, the Company owned and operated a fleet of six LNG carriers, consisting of the three LNG carriers in its Initial Fleet, the Clean Energy, the Ob River and the Amur River, and three 2013-built Ice Class LNG carriers that the Company acquired from its Sponsor the Arctic Aurora, the Yenisei River, and the Lena River (collectively referred as its Fleet).

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