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Basic Energy Services (NYSE:BAS) CEO Thomas Monroe Patterson unloaded 3,000 shares of Basic Energy Services stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, August 14th. The stock was sold at an average price of $25.00, for a total transaction of $75,000.00. Following the completion of the sale, the chief executive officer now directly owns 295,621 shares in the company, valued at approximately $7,390,525. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which can be accessed through this link.

A number of research firms have recently commented on BAS. 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. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, seven have issued a hold rating and six have issued a buy rating to the company. The company presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $28.77.

Shares of Basic Energy Services (NYSE:BAS) traded up 1.31% during mid-day trading on Friday, hitting $24.04. The stock had a trading volume of 1,032,554 shares. 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 target of a significant growth in short interest in 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. Based on an average daily trading volume, of 1,438,680 shares, the short-interest ratio is presently 3.3 days. Approximately 13.2% of the company’s shares are short sold.

Basic Energy Services (NYSE:BAS) last released its earnings data on Thursday, July 24th. The company reported $0.13 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $0.09 by $0.04. On average, analysts predict that Basic Energy Services will post $0.54 earnings per share 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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