Helmerich & Payne (HP) Earns Coverage Optimism Rating of 0.28

Headlines about Helmerich & Payne (NYSE:HP) have trended positive recently, according to AlphaOne Sentiment. AlphaOne, a service of Accern, scores the sentiment of news coverage by analyzing more than 20 million news and blog sources in real time. AlphaOne ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Helmerich & Payne earned a news impact score of 0.28 on AlphaOne’s scale. AlphaOne also assigned media stories about the oil and gas company an impact score of 0 out of 100, meaning that recent news coverage is extremely unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the next few days.

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Several equities research analysts have recently issued reports on the company. Jefferies Group LLC set a $55.00 target price on Helmerich & Payne and gave the company a “sell” rating in a research report on Monday, April 24th. Credit Suisse Group AG reiterated a “hold” rating and set a $63.00 price target on shares of Helmerich & Payne in a research note on Tuesday, May 2nd. Iberia Capital upgraded Helmerich & Payne from a “sector perform” rating to an “outperform” rating and set a $74.00 price target for the company in a research note on Thursday, May 4th. Zacks Investment Research upgraded Helmerich & Payne from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $75.00 price target for the company in a research note on Monday, April 3rd. Finally, Citigroup Inc reiterated a “neutral” rating and set a $73.00 price target (down previously from $83.00) on shares of Helmerich & Payne in a research note on Saturday, March 11th. Two analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, twelve have issued a hold rating, ten have issued a buy rating and one has issued a strong buy rating to the company. The company currently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $70.10.

Shares of Helmerich & Payne (NYSE:HP) opened at 60.04 on Friday. Helmerich & Payne has a 12 month low of $55.98 and a 12 month high of $85.78. The stock’s 50 day moving average price is $62.89 and its 200-day moving average price is $69.66. The company’s market cap is $6.52 billion.

Helmerich & Payne (NYSE:HP) last posted its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, April 27th. The oil and gas company reported ($0.47) EPS for the quarter, missing the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of ($0.40) by $0.07. Helmerich & Payne had a negative return on equity of 3.34% and a negative net margin of 7.17%. The firm had revenue of $405.30 million for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $386.83 million. During the same quarter last year, the firm posted $0.19 earnings per share. Helmerich & Payne’s quarterly revenue was down 7.5% on a year-over-year basis. Equities research analysts expect that Helmerich & Payne will post ($1.34) earnings per share for the current year.

The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, June 1st. Shareholders of record on Friday, May 19th will be paid a dividend of $0.70 per share. The ex-dividend date is Wednesday, May 17th. This represents a $2.80 annualized dividend and a yield of 4.91%. Helmerich & Payne’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is currently -274.51%.

In other news, Director Thomas A. Petrie acquired 1,990 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on Friday, March 10th. The stock was bought at an average cost of $67.17 per share, for a total transaction of $133,668.30. Following the purchase, the director now owns 8,583 shares in the company, valued at $576,520.11. The purchase was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at this hyperlink. 4.23% of the stock is currently owned by insiders.

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About Helmerich & Payne

Helmerich & Payne, Inc is engaged in contract drilling of oil and gas wells for others. The Company operates in the contract drilling industry. The Company’s contract drilling business consists of three segments: U.S. Land, Offshore and International Land. The Company is also engaged in the ownership, development and operation of commercial real estate and the research and development of rotary steerable technology.

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