YPF SA (NYSE:YPF) Short Interest Update

YPF SA (NYSE:YPF) was the recipient of a large growth in short interest during the month of December. As of December 31st, there was short interest totalling 8,080,000 shares, a growth of 17.3% from the December 15th total of 6,890,000 shares. Based on an average trading volume of 2,090,000 shares, the days-to-cover ratio is currently 3.9 days. Approximately 2.1% of the company’s shares are sold short.

YPF stock traded down $0.01 during trading on Tuesday, hitting $10.64. The company had a trading volume of 1,220,800 shares, compared to its average volume of 1,863,667. The firm has a market capitalization of $4.19 billion, a P/E ratio of 3.21 and a beta of 1.49. YPF has a 52-week low of $8.04 and a 52-week high of $18.73. The company has a 50 day simple moving average of $10.54 and a 200-day simple moving average of $11.53. The company has a quick ratio of 0.73, a current ratio of 1.06 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.83.

YPF (NYSE:YPF) last posted its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, November 7th. The oil and gas exploration company reported $0.97 EPS for the quarter, topping the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.30 by $0.67. The company had revenue of $3.66 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $3.52 billion. YPF had a negative net margin of 0.39% and a positive return on equity of 4.89%. Sell-side analysts forecast that YPF will post 0.47 earnings per share for the current year.

Several research firms have recently issued reports on YPF. Goldman Sachs Group began coverage on shares of YPF in a report on Tuesday, December 17th. They issued a “sell” rating and a $9.20 target price for the company. ValuEngine upgraded shares of YPF from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Tuesday, December 3rd. Santander lowered shares of YPF from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Tuesday, December 10th. JPMorgan Chase & Co. lowered shares of YPF from an “overweight” rating to a “neutral” rating and set a $11.50 target price for the company. in a report on Thursday, December 19th. Finally, Credit Suisse Group lowered shares of YPF from an “outperform” rating to a “neutral” rating in a report on Wednesday, November 6th. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, four have given a hold rating and two have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $10.90.

A number of hedge funds have recently bought and sold shares of the stock. Quadrant Capital Group LLC acquired a new stake in YPF in the 3rd quarter worth approximately $27,000. Tower Research Capital LLC TRC acquired a new position in YPF during the 2nd quarter worth $52,000. Panagora Asset Management Inc. acquired a new position in YPF during the 2nd quarter worth $112,000. Marshall Wace LLP acquired a new position in YPF during the 1st quarter worth $114,000. Finally, Cadence Capital Management LLC acquired a new position in YPF during the 3rd quarter worth $137,000. 19.98% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors.

About YPF

YPF Sociedad Anónima, an energy company, operates in the oil and gas upstream and downstream activities in Argentina. The company engages in the exploration, development, and production of crude oil, natural gas, and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG). It is also involved in the refining, marketing, transportation, and distribution of oil, petroleum products, petroleum derivatives, petrochemicals, LPG, and bio-fuels, as well as in gas separation and natural gas distribution operations.

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