BidaskClub upgraded shares of Vermilion Energy Inc. (NYSE:VET) (TSE:VET) from a strong sell rating to a sell rating in a research note released on Friday.

Several other brokerages have also commented on VET. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Vermilion Energy from a hold rating to a buy rating and set a $34.00 price objective on the stock in a report on Saturday, July 8th. Royal Bank Of Canada upgraded shares of Vermilion Energy from a sector perform rating to an outperform rating in a report on Thursday, July 27th. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, one has given a hold rating and three have issued a buy rating to the company. Vermilion Energy presently has an average rating of Hold and a consensus target price of $53.25.

Vermilion Energy (VET) opened at 31.90 on Friday. Vermilion Energy has a one year low of $29.91 and a one year high of $44.95. The company’s 50-day moving average price is $31.53 and its 200-day moving average price is $34.57. The stock has a market cap of $3.87 billion, a P/E ratio of 65.24 and a beta of 0.51.

Vermilion Energy (NYSE:VET) (TSE:VET) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, July 26th. The oil and gas company reported $0.30 EPS for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of ($0.07) by $0.37. Vermilion Energy had a net margin of 7.17% and a return on equity of 4.52%. The firm had revenue of $201.70 million for the quarter. Analysts forecast that Vermilion Energy will post $0.68 EPS for the current fiscal year.

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The business also recently disclosed a monthly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, September 15th. Stockholders of record on Thursday, August 31st will be issued a $0.169 dividend. The ex-dividend date is Tuesday, August 29th. This represents a $2.03 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 6.36%. Vermilion Energy’s dividend payout ratio is currently 423.40%.

Institutional investors have recently modified their holdings of the company. Barrow Hanley Mewhinney & Strauss LLC raised its stake in Vermilion Energy by 10.4% in the first quarter. Barrow Hanley Mewhinney & Strauss LLC now owns 4,509,460 shares of the oil and gas company’s stock worth $169,149,000 after buying an additional 425,590 shares during the period. TD Asset Management Inc. raised its stake in Vermilion Energy by 5.1% in the second quarter. TD Asset Management Inc. now owns 2,996,119 shares of the oil and gas company’s stock worth $94,910,000 after buying an additional 144,333 shares during the period. Guardian Capital LP raised its stake in Vermilion Energy by 71.3% in the second quarter. Guardian Capital LP now owns 2,869,750 shares of the oil and gas company’s stock worth $90,935,000 after buying an additional 1,194,092 shares during the period. Vanguard Group Inc. raised its stake in Vermilion Energy by 5.0% in the second quarter. Vanguard Group Inc. now owns 2,589,511 shares of the oil and gas company’s stock worth $82,165,000 after buying an additional 124,130 shares during the period. Finally, Schafer Cullen Capital Management Inc. raised its stake in Vermilion Energy by 9.2% in the second quarter. Schafer Cullen Capital Management Inc. now owns 1,817,936 shares of the oil and gas company’s stock worth $57,683,000 after buying an additional 152,496 shares during the period. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 53.70% of the company’s stock.

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