Rice Energy (RICE) Receiving Somewhat Favorable Media Coverage, Report Finds

News coverage about Rice Energy (NYSE:RICE) has trended somewhat positive recently, according to Accern. The research firm identifies negative and positive news coverage by analyzing more than twenty million news and blog sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Rice Energy earned a news sentiment score of 0.22 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news stories about the oil and gas producer an impact score of 46.1512834924933 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely 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 impacted Accern Sentiment’s analysis:

Shares of Rice Energy (NYSE:RICE) traded down $0.34 during mid-day trading on Wednesday, reaching $29.32. The company had a trading volume of 26,809,102 shares, compared to its average volume of 5,313,636. The firm has a market cap of $6,690.00, a PE ratio of 45.81 and a beta of 1.57. Rice Energy has a 1 year low of $18.30 and a 1 year high of $29.72. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.36, a current ratio of 1.15 and a quick ratio of 1.15.

Several equities research analysts recently commented on RICE shares. BMO Capital Markets set a $30.00 price target on Rice Energy and gave the company a “buy” rating in a report on Tuesday, August 8th. Jefferies Group reissued a “hold” rating and set a $26.00 target price on shares of Rice Energy in a research note on Wednesday, August 16th. BidaskClub lowered Rice Energy from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Thursday, August 17th. Royal Bank Of Canada set a $27.00 price target on Rice Energy and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a research report on Thursday, August 24th. Finally, US Capital Advisors lowered Rice Energy from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Friday, September 1st. Nineteen equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and five have issued a buy rating to the stock. The company has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $27.71.

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About Rice Energy

Rice Energy Inc (Rice Energy) is an independent natural gas and oil company. The Company is engaged in the acquisition, exploration and development of natural gas, oil and natural gas liquids (NGL) properties in the Appalachian Basin. The Company conducts its operations through two segments: Exploration and Production, and Midstream.

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