News articles about Ecopetrol (NYSE:EC) have been trending somewhat positive on Friday, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. The research firm ranks the sentiment of news coverage by analyzing more than twenty million news and blog sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Ecopetrol earned a news sentiment score of 0.12 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news stories about the oil and gas company an impact score of 45.2585757341641 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the immediate future.

Here are some of the news stories that may have effected Accern Sentiment’s rankings:

Ecopetrol (NYSE:EC) traded up 0.43% during mid-day trading on Friday, hitting $9.24. 2,121,770 shares of the stock were exchanged. The stock has a market cap of $19.00 billion, a PE ratio of 16.50 and a beta of 1.05. The stock’s 50 day moving average is $9.17 and its 200 day moving average is $9.23. Ecopetrol has a 52-week low of $7.65 and a 52-week high of $10.36.

EC has been the topic of a number of research reports. HSBC Holdings plc upgraded shares of Ecopetrol from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $11.00 price target on the stock in a report on Monday, June 5th. TheStreet upgraded shares of Ecopetrol from a “d+” rating to a “c” rating in a report on Wednesday, May 17th. Morgan Stanley downgraded shares of Ecopetrol from an “overweight” rating to an “equal weight” rating and reduced their price target for the company from $9.40 to $8.00 in a report on Wednesday, May 31st. BidaskClub upgraded shares of Ecopetrol from a “strong sell” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Wednesday, July 5th. Finally, Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Ecopetrol from a “strong sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Monday, May 8th. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, five have issued a hold rating and two have issued a buy rating to the stock. Ecopetrol presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $10.25.

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Ecopetrol Company Profile

Ecopetrol SA is an oil company. The Company operates in Colombia, Peru, Brazil and the United States Gulf Coast. The Company’s segments include Exploration and Production, Transportation and Logistics, and Refining, Petrochemicals and Biofuels. The Company’s Exploration and Production segment includes exploration, development and production activities in Colombia and abroad.

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