Laredo Petroleum (LPI) Trading Up 7.6%

Laredo Petroleum Inc (NYSE:LPI)’s share price was up 7.6% on Monday . The stock traded as high as $3.71 and last traded at $3.70. Approximately 5,313,463 shares changed hands during mid-day trading, an increase of 29% from the average daily volume of 4,118,009 shares. The stock had previously closed at $3.44.

Several equities analysts have recently weighed in on LPI shares. Capital One Financial lowered Laredo Petroleum from an “overweight” rating to an “underweight” rating in a research note on Thursday, December 20th. Robert W. Baird reduced their price objective on Laredo Petroleum from $10.00 to $3.00 and set a “neutral” rating on the stock in a research note on Friday, January 4th. Raymond James set a $5.00 price objective on Laredo Petroleum and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research note on Wednesday, January 23rd. MKM Partners started coverage on Laredo Petroleum in a research note on Wednesday, December 5th. They issued a “buy” rating and a $9.00 price objective on the stock. Finally, Piper Jaffray Companies lowered Laredo Petroleum from an “overweight” rating to a “neutral” rating in a research note on Wednesday, January 9th. Four analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, six have given a hold rating and three have given a buy rating to the stock. The stock presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $8.44.

The stock has a market capitalization of $804.55 million, a P/E ratio of 6.17 and a beta of 1.54. The company has a quick ratio of 0.73, a current ratio of 0.73 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.95.

Institutional investors have recently added to or reduced their stakes in the stock. Pearl River Capital LLC acquired a new position in Laredo Petroleum during the 4th quarter worth approximately $35,000. DekaBank Deutsche Girozentrale raised its position in shares of Laredo Petroleum by 354.8% in the 3rd quarter. DekaBank Deutsche Girozentrale now owns 12,279 shares of the oil and gas producer’s stock valued at $102,000 after purchasing an additional 9,579 shares in the last quarter. Crossmark Global Holdings Inc. acquired a new position in shares of Laredo Petroleum in the 3rd quarter valued at approximately $117,000. First Hawaiian Bank acquired a new position in shares of Laredo Petroleum in the 3rd quarter valued at approximately $120,000. Finally, Schneider Capital Management Corp acquired a new position in shares of Laredo Petroleum in the 3rd quarter valued at approximately $123,000.

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Laredo Petroleum Company Profile (NYSE:LPI)

Laredo Petroleum, Inc operates as an independent energy company in the United States. It operates through two segments, Exploration and Production; and Midstream and Marketing. The company engages in the acquisition, exploration, and development of oil and natural gas properties; and the transportation of oil and natural gas primarily in the Permian Basin in West Texas, as well as rig fuel, natural gas lift, and water delivery and takeaway services.

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