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Bellatrix Exploration (NYSE:BXE) saw a significant increase in short interest during the month of July. As of July 15th, there was short interest totalling 413,854 shares, an increase of 58.1% from the June 30th total of 261,794 shares, Analyst Ratings.Net reports. Based on an average daily trading volume, of 395,562 shares, the short-interest ratio is currently 1.0 days. Currently, 0.2% of the company’s stock are sold short.

A number of analysts have recently weighed in on BXE shares. Analysts at CIBC reiterated a “sector outperform” rating on shares of Bellatrix Exploration in a research note on Thursday, July 17th. They now have a $11.50 price target on the stock, down previously from $12.00. Analysts at Northland Securities reiterated an “outperform” rating on shares of Bellatrix Exploration in a research note on Monday, July 7th. They now have a $12.00 price target on the stock.

Bellatrix Exploration (NYSE:BXE) traded up 0.25% during mid-day trading on Thursday, hitting $8.14. 419,968 shares of the company’s stock traded hands. Bellatrix Exploration has a one year low of $6.32 and a one year high of $10.70. The stock has a 50-day moving average of $8.51 and a 200-day moving average of $8.36. The company has a market cap of $1.408 billion and a price-to-earnings ratio of 12.51.

Bellatrix Exploration (NYSE:BXE) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, May 7th. The company reported $0.16 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $0.15 by $0.01. On average, analysts predict that Bellatrix Exploration will post $0.71 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

Bellatrix Exploration Ltd. (NYSE:BXE) is a Canada-based oil and gas company.

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