GASTAR EXPL INC/SH (NYSEAMERICAN:GST) shares gapped down before the market opened on Monday . The stock had previously closed at $0.13, but opened at $0.13. GASTAR EXPL INC/SH shares last traded at $0.11, with a volume of 198371 shares changing hands.

GST has been the topic of a number of research analyst reports. Zacks Investment Research raised GASTAR EXPL INC/SH from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $0.25 price target on the stock in a report on Wednesday, July 25th. Imperial Capital downgraded GASTAR EXPL INC/SH from an “in-line” rating to an “underperform” rating in a report on Tuesday, July 24th. S&P Equity Research upped their price target on GASTAR EXPL INC/SH from $0.11 to $0.13 in a report on Wednesday, July 25th. Finally, Williams Capital set a $1.00 price target on GASTAR EXPL INC/SH and gave the company a “hold” rating in a report on Friday, May 11th. Two equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, three have assigned a hold rating and three have issued a buy rating to the company. The company has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $0.88.

GASTAR EXPL INC/SH (NYSEAMERICAN:GST) last posted its earnings results on Thursday, August 9th. The energy company reported ($0.07) earnings per share for the quarter, missing analysts’ consensus estimates of ($0.05) by ($0.02). The business had revenue of $10.00 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $18.84 million.

A number of hedge funds have recently bought and sold shares of the business. Northern Trust Corp lifted its holdings in GASTAR EXPL INC/SH by 3.4% in the first quarter. Northern Trust Corp now owns 1,958,682 shares of the energy company’s stock valued at $1,337,000 after acquiring an additional 64,764 shares during the period. Geode Capital Management LLC lifted its holdings in GASTAR EXPL INC/SH by 6.5% in the fourth quarter. Geode Capital Management LLC now owns 1,455,720 shares of the energy company’s stock valued at $1,528,000 after acquiring an additional 88,528 shares during the period. Schwab Charles Investment Management Inc. lifted its holdings in GASTAR EXPL INC/SH by 37.5% in the first quarter. Schwab Charles Investment Management Inc. now owns 497,432 shares of the energy company’s stock valued at $340,000 after acquiring an additional 135,600 shares during the period. BlackRock Inc. lifted its holdings in GASTAR EXPL INC/SH by 1.6% in the fourth quarter. BlackRock Inc. now owns 12,045,670 shares of the energy company’s stock valued at $12,647,000 after acquiring an additional 187,454 shares during the period. Finally, Deutsche Bank AG lifted its holdings in GASTAR EXPL INC/SH by 122.1% in the fourth quarter. Deutsche Bank AG now owns 402,823 shares of the energy company’s stock valued at $421,000 after acquiring an additional 221,437 shares during the period.

About GASTAR EXPL INC/SH (NYSEAMERICAN:GST)

Gastar Exploration Inc, an independent energy company, engages in the exploration, development and production of oil, condensate, natural gas, and natural gas liquids in the United States. Its principal activities include the identification, acquisition, exploration, and development of oil and natural gas properties on unconventional reserves, such as shale resource plays.

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