Rice Energy (RICE) Earns News Impact Score of 0.23

Media coverage about Rice Energy (NYSE:RICE) has trended somewhat positive on Friday, according to AlphaOne Sentiment Analysis. AlphaOne, a division of Accern, scores the sentiment of news coverage by monitoring more than twenty million blog and news sources in real-time. AlphaOne ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Rice Energy earned a media sentiment score of 0.23 on AlphaOne’s scale. AlphaOne also assigned news coverage about the oil and gas producer an impact score of 75 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is likely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the next few days.

These are some of the media stories that may have impacted AlphaOne’s scoring:

Insider Buying and Selling by Quarter for Rice Energy (NYSE:RICE)

Shares of Rice Energy (NYSE RICE) traded down 0.15% during midday trading on Friday, hitting $19.69. 3,161,741 shares of the stock traded hands. Rice Energy has a 52-week low of $18.30 and a 52-week high of $29.36. The company’s market cap is $4.04 billion. The stock has a 50-day moving average of $20.92 and a 200-day moving average of $21.44.

Rice Energy (NYSE:RICE) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, May 3rd. The oil and gas producer reported $0.12 earnings per share for the quarter, missing analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.22 by $0.10. The business had revenue of $393.81 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $364.60 million. Rice Energy had a negative net margin of 27.73% and a positive return on equity of 2.45%. On average, equities analysts predict that Rice Energy will post $0.55 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

Several equities analysts recently commented on RICE shares. Barclays PLC reiterated a “buy” rating on shares of Rice Energy in a report on Wednesday, March 1st. Deutsche Bank AG cut their price target on shares of Rice Energy from $33.00 to $30.00 and set a “buy” rating on the stock in a report on Tuesday, March 7th. Scotiabank set a $31.00 target price on shares of Rice Energy and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research note on Monday, March 20th. Stifel Nicolaus began coverage on shares of Rice Energy in a research note on Thursday, March 23rd. They issued a “buy” rating and a $32.00 target price on the stock. Finally, Jefferies Group LLC set a $26.00 target price on shares of Rice Energy and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research note on Saturday, March 25th. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, six have assigned a hold rating and fourteen have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company currently has an average rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $30.24.

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Rice Energy Company Profile

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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