News coverage about Ecopetrol (NYSE:EC) has trended somewhat positive recently, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. The research firm scores the sentiment of news coverage by monitoring more than twenty million news and blog sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Ecopetrol earned a daily sentiment score of 0.22 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news stories about the oil and gas company an impact score of 45.7747152733772 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the next few days.

These are some of the media headlines that may have impacted Accern Sentiment’s scoring:

Shares of Ecopetrol (EC) opened at $19.71 on Monday. The firm has a market cap of $40,520.51, a PE ratio of 44.79, a P/E/G ratio of 0.33 and a beta of 1.14. Ecopetrol has a 52 week low of $8.44 and a 52 week high of $20.55. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.82, a current ratio of 1.37 and a quick ratio of 1.07.

Several research firms recently issued reports on EC. HSBC lowered shares of Ecopetrol from a “hold” rating to a “reduce” rating in a research note on Tuesday, January 23rd. UBS Group lowered shares of Ecopetrol from a “neutral” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Thursday, January 11th. ValuEngine raised shares of Ecopetrol from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Monday, October 2nd. Raymond James Financial reissued an “underperform” rating on shares of Ecopetrol in a research report on Tuesday, November 28th. Finally, Zacks Investment Research raised shares of Ecopetrol from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $11.00 target price for the company in a research report on Tuesday, October 10th. Four equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating and seven have assigned a hold rating to the stock. The company presently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $10.20.

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About Ecopetrol

Ecopetrol SA is an oil company. The Company operates in Colombia, Peru, Brazil and the United States Gulf Coast. The Company’s segments include Exploration and Production, Transportation and Logistics, and Refining, Petrochemicals and Biofuels. The Company’s Exploration and Production segment includes exploration, development and production activities in Colombia and abroad.

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