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Basic Energy Services (NYSE:BAS) has earned a consensus recommendation of “Hold” from the sixteen analysts that are presently covering the stock, Analyst Ratings Network.com reports. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell recommendation, seven have given a hold recommendation and six have given a buy recommendation to the company. The average 12-month price target among brokers that have covered the stock in the last year is $28.77.

In other Basic Energy Services news, CEO Thomas Monroe Patterson sold 3,000 shares of the stock on the open market in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, August 14th. The shares were sold at an average price of $25.00, for a total value of $75,000.00. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at this link.

BAS has been the subject of a number of recent research reports. Analysts at Macquarie reiterated a “neutral” rating on shares of Basic Energy Services in a research note on Monday, July 28th. They now have a $24.00 price target on the stock, down previously from $25.00. Separately, analysts at Global Hunter Securities upgraded shares of Basic Energy Services from a “neutral” rating to an “accumulate” rating in a research note on Monday, July 28th. They now have a $30.00 price target on the stock, down previously from $31.00. Finally, analysts at Raymond James upgraded shares of Basic Energy Services from a “market perform” rating to an “outperform” rating in a research note on Monday, July 28th. They now have a $32.00 price target on the stock.

Shares of Basic Energy Services (NYSE:BAS) opened at 24.04 on Tuesday. Basic Energy Services has a 52 week low of $11.06 and a 52 week high of $29.84. The stock’s 50-day moving average is $26.53 and its 200-day moving average is $25.15. The company’s market cap is $984.7 million. Basic Energy Services also was the recipient of a significant growth in short interest during the month of July. As of July 31st, there was short interest totalling 4,712,087 shares, a growth of 53.9% from the July 15th total of 3,061,881 shares. Currently, 13.2% of the shares of the company are sold short. Based on an average daily volume of 1,438,680 shares, the short-interest ratio is currently 3.3 days.

Basic Energy Services (NYSE:BAS) last announced its earnings results on Thursday, July 24th. The company reported $0.13 EPS for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters consensus estimate of $0.09 by $0.04. Analysts expect that Basic Energy Services will post $0.54 EPS for the current fiscal year.

Basic Energy Services, Inc, provides a range of well site services to oil and natural gas drilling and producing companies, including completion and remedial services, fluid services, well servicing and contract drilling.

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