Press coverage about CNOOC (NYSE:CEO) has been trending somewhat negative on Tuesday, InfoTrie reports. The research group scores the sentiment of media coverage by reviewing more than 6,000 news and blog sources in real time. The firm ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative five to five, with scores closest to five being the most favorable. CNOOC earned a media sentiment score of -1.00 on their scale. InfoTrie also assigned press coverage about the oil and gas company an news buzz score of 8 out of 10, indicating that recent media coverage is very likely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the next few days.

These are some of the media headlines that may have effected CNOOC’s analysis:

NYSE:CEO traded down $8.41 during trading hours on Tuesday, reaching $163.12. The company had a trading volume of 139,400 shares, compared to its average volume of 135,246. The company has a current ratio of 2.63, a quick ratio of 2.52 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.33. CNOOC has a 52 week low of $132.62 and a 52 week high of $202.38. The company has a market cap of $76.52 billion, a PE ratio of 17.54, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 0.36 and a beta of 1.16.

The business also recently announced a semiannual dividend, which was paid on Tuesday, October 23rd. Shareholders of record on Thursday, September 6th were given a $3.8217 dividend. This represents a yield of 4.38%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Wednesday, September 5th. CNOOC’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 73.66%.

A number of equities analysts recently weighed in on the stock. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of CNOOC from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Tuesday, September 11th. UBS Group lowered shares of CNOOC from a “buy” rating to a “neutral” rating in a report on Wednesday, October 3rd. Finally, Macquarie lowered shares of CNOOC from an “outperform” rating to a “neutral” rating in a report on Friday, September 28th. Three investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating, two have given a buy rating and one has given a strong buy rating to the stock. CNOOC currently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $113.82.

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CNOOC Limited, an investment holding company, explores for, develops, produces, and sells crude oil, natural gas, and other petroleum products. It operates through Exploration and Production, and Trading Business segments. The company produces offshore crude oil and natural gas primarily in Bohai, Western South China Sea, Eastern South China Sea, and East China Sea in offshore China.

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