Swiss National Bank lifted its stake in Rice Energy Inc. (NYSE:RICE) by 1.6% in the 3rd quarter, according to the company in its most recent Form 13F filing with the SEC. The fund owned 257,188 shares of the oil and gas producer’s stock after purchasing an additional 4,100 shares during the quarter. Swiss National Bank owned about 112,821.55% of Rice Energy worth $7,443,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

Several other large investors also recently bought and sold shares of RICE. Century Capital Management LLC increased its stake in Rice Energy by 44.5% during the second quarter. Century Capital Management LLC now owns 73,489 shares of the oil and gas producer’s stock worth $1,957,000 after acquiring an additional 22,617 shares during the last quarter. Rhumbline Advisers grew its stake in shares of Rice Energy by 13.5% in the second quarter. Rhumbline Advisers now owns 171,669 shares of the oil and gas producer’s stock valued at $4,572,000 after buying an additional 20,480 shares in the last quarter. Vanguard Group Inc. grew its stake in shares of Rice Energy by 2.3% in the second quarter. Vanguard Group Inc. now owns 12,999,586 shares of the oil and gas producer’s stock valued at $346,180,000 after buying an additional 297,124 shares in the last quarter. Kassirer Asset Management Corp acquired a new stake in shares of Rice Energy in the second quarter valued at $5,326,000. Finally, Omni Partners LLP acquired a new stake in shares of Rice Energy in the second quarter valued at $12,467,000. 87.22% of the stock is owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.

Shares of Rice Energy Inc. (RICE) opened at $29.32 on Wednesday. Rice Energy Inc. has a fifty-two week low of $18.30 and a fifty-two week high of $29.72. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.36, a current ratio of 1.15 and a quick ratio of 1.15. The firm has a market capitalization of $6,690.00, a PE ratio of 45.81 and a beta of 1.57.

A number of brokerages have recently weighed in on RICE. Mizuho reaffirmed a “hold” rating and issued a $27.50 price objective on shares of Rice Energy in a research note on Friday, October 27th. Cowen and Company set a $30.00 price objective on Rice Energy and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research note on Wednesday, October 18th. BMO Capital Markets set a $30.00 price objective on Rice Energy and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research note on Tuesday, October 10th. Jefferies Group LLC set a $26.00 price objective on Rice Energy and gave the company a “hold” rating in a research note on Thursday, October 5th. Finally, BidaskClub cut Rice Energy from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Friday, October 6th. Nineteen analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and five have given a buy rating to the company. Rice Energy presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $27.71.

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Rice Energy Company Profile

Rice Energy Inc (Rice Energy) is an independent natural gas and oil company. The Company is engaged in the acquisition, exploration and development of natural gas, oil and natural gas liquids (NGL) properties in the Appalachian Basin. The Company conducts its operations through two segments: Exploration and Production, and Midstream.

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