Barclays set a $9.00 price target on Kosmos Energy (NYSE:KOS) in a report released on Thursday. The brokerage currently has a buy rating on the oil and gas producer’s stock.

A number of other analysts also recently weighed in on the stock. Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of Kosmos Energy from a hold rating to a strong sell rating in a research report on Wednesday. Sanford C. Bernstein raised shares of Kosmos Energy from a mkt perform rating to an outperform rating in a research report on Friday, January 4th. TheStreet downgraded shares of Kosmos Energy from a c- rating to a d+ rating in a research report on Friday, December 14th. Exane BNP Paribas downgraded shares of Kosmos Energy from an outperform rating to a neutral rating in a research report on Monday, December 10th. Finally, BNP Paribas downgraded shares of Kosmos Energy from an outperform rating to a neutral rating in a research report on Monday, December 10th. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, three have issued a hold rating and ten have issued a buy rating to the stock. The stock currently has an average rating of Buy and an average target price of $9.77.

Shares of Kosmos Energy stock traded up $0.11 on Thursday, hitting $5.22. The stock had a trading volume of 4,352,235 shares, compared to its average volume of 4,953,267. Kosmos Energy has a twelve month low of $3.53 and a twelve month high of $9.75. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 2.24, a current ratio of 1.02 and a quick ratio of 0.88. The company has a market capitalization of $2.15 billion, a P/E ratio of -15.82 and a beta of 1.97.

Kosmos Energy (NYSE:KOS) last released its quarterly earnings data on Monday, November 5th. The oil and gas producer reported ($0.23) earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of ($0.14) by ($0.09). Kosmos Energy had a negative net margin of 51.49% and a negative return on equity of 21.93%. The firm had revenue of $250.20 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $239.20 million. During the same period in the prior year, the company earned ($0.09) EPS. The business’s quarterly revenue was up 65.5% compared to the same quarter last year. Equities analysts anticipate that Kosmos Energy will post -0.46 EPS for the current year.

In other Kosmos Energy news, Director David Benjamin Krieger sold 52,250,000 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, November 26th. The stock was sold at an average price of $5.40, for a total transaction of $282,150,000.00. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is available through this hyperlink. Corporate insiders own 3.76% of the company’s stock.

Several institutional investors have recently bought and sold shares of the business. FMR LLC boosted its holdings in shares of Kosmos Energy by 2,638.8% during the 3rd quarter. FMR LLC now owns 23,460,244 shares of the oil and gas producer’s stock worth $219,354,000 after buying an additional 22,603,644 shares in the last quarter. Capital World Investors bought a new position in shares of Kosmos Energy during the 3rd quarter worth approximately $208,942,000. Vaughan Nelson Investment Management L.P. boosted its holdings in shares of Kosmos Energy by 5.6% during the 3rd quarter. Vaughan Nelson Investment Management L.P. now owns 17,655,215 shares of the oil and gas producer’s stock worth $165,076,000 after buying an additional 932,725 shares in the last quarter. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP boosted its holdings in shares of Kosmos Energy by 1.0% during the 3rd quarter. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP now owns 10,828,698 shares of the oil and gas producer’s stock worth $101,247,000 after buying an additional 107,209 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Vanguard Group Inc. boosted its holdings in shares of Kosmos Energy by 5.8% during the 3rd quarter. Vanguard Group Inc. now owns 4,585,893 shares of the oil and gas producer’s stock worth $42,878,000 after buying an additional 249,537 shares in the last quarter. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 92.86% of the company’s stock.

Kosmos Energy Company Profile

Kosmos Energy Ltd. explores for and produces oil and gas in Africa and South America. Its asset portfolio includes production and other development projects in offshore Ghana and Equatorial Guinea; and exploration potential in offshore Mauritania and Senegal, as well as exploration licenses in offshore Cote d'Ivoire, Equatorial Guinea, Morocco, Sao Tome and Principe, and Suriname.

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