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Equities research analysts at Barclays initiated coverage on shares of Athlon Energy (NASDAQ:ATHL) in a report issued on Friday. The firm set an “overweight” rating on the stock.

ATHL has been the subject of a number of other recent research reports. Analysts at Canaccord Genuity cut their price target on shares of Athlon Energy from $63.00 to $61.00 in a research note on Wednesday. Separately, analysts at Tudor Pickering upgraded shares of Athlon Energy from an “accumulate” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Friday, August 15th. Finally, analysts at Citigroup Inc. reiterated a “buy” rating on shares of Athlon Energy in a research note on Thursday, August 14th. They now have a $56.00 price target on the stock, up previously from $54.00. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and eleven have issued a buy rating to the stock. The company currently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $54.56.

Shares of Athlon Energy (NASDAQ:ATHL) opened at 44.85 on Friday. Athlon Energy has a 1-year low of $26.50 and a 1-year high of $51.63. The stock’s 50-day moving average is $45.84 and its 200-day moving average is $41.55. The company has a market cap of $4.365 billion and a price-to-earnings ratio of 56.04.

Athlon Energy (NASDAQ:ATHL) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, August 13th. The company reported $0.27 earnings per share for the quarter, meeting the analysts’ consensus estimate of $0.27. On average, analysts predict that Athlon Energy will post $1.46 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

Athlon Energy Inc, is an independent exploration and production company. The Company is a holding company and its sole assets are controlling equity interests in Athlon Holdings LP and its subsidiaries.

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