News stories about EP Energy Corporation (NYSE:EPE) have been trending somewhat negative this week, Alpha One Sentiment reports. Alpha One, a unit of Accern, ranks the sentiment of press coverage by monitoring more than twenty million blog and news sources in real-time. Alpha One ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. EP Energy Corporation earned a media sentiment score of -0.03 on Alpha One’s scale. Alpha One also assigned news stories about the energy producer an impact score of 44 out of 100, meaning that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the next several days.

Here are some of the news stories that may have effected Alpha One Sentiment Analysis’s analysis:

Insider Buying and Selling by Quarter for EP Energy Corporation (NYSE:EPE)

EP Energy Corporation (EPE) traded up 1.53% during mid-day trading on Friday, hitting $3.99. The stock had a trading volume of 1,798,117 shares. The company has a 50-day moving average price of $4.35 and a 200 day moving average price of $5.07. EP Energy Corporation has a 1-year low of $3.29 and a 1-year high of $7.49. The company’s market cap is $1.02 billion.

A number of equities analysts have issued reports on the company. Citigroup Inc. raised EP Energy Corporation from a “sell” rating to a “neutral” rating and increased their price target for the company from $5.00 to $6.00 in a research note on Tuesday, May 9th. Scotiabank reissued a “hold” rating and set a $4.00 price objective on shares of EP Energy Corporation in a research note on Tuesday, June 6th. Stifel Nicolaus reissued a “hold” rating and set a $5.00 price objective on shares of EP Energy Corporation in a research note on Friday, May 26th. FBR & Co set a $5.00 price objective on EP Energy Corporation and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a research note on Tuesday, May 16th. Finally, BidaskClub lowered EP Energy Corporation from a “sell” rating to a “strong sell” rating in a research note on Saturday, June 10th. Four analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, nine have assigned a hold rating, two have given a buy rating and one has assigned a strong buy rating to the company. EP Energy Corporation currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $5.21.

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In related news, VP Francis C. Olmsted III sold 15,824 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Tuesday, May 9th. The shares were sold at an average price of $4.54, for a total value of $71,840.96. Following the completion of the transaction, the vice president now directly owns 141,964 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $644,516.56. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is available through the SEC website. 1.30% of the stock is currently owned by corporate insiders.

EP Energy Corporation Company Profile

EP Energy Corporation (EP Energy) is an independent exploration and production company. The Company is engaged in the acquisition and development of unconventional onshore oil and natural gas properties in the United States. The Company operates through a base of producing assets. It is involved in the development of its drilling inventory located in three areas: the Eagle Ford Shale (South Texas), the Wolfcamp Shale (Permian Basin in West Texas) and the Altamont Field in the Uinta Basin (Northeastern Utah).

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