Royal Dutch Shell plc (NYSE:RDS.A) was upgraded by research analysts at Exane BNP Paribas from a “neutral” rating to an “outperform” rating in a report released on Friday.

Several other research firms also recently commented on RDS.A. Zacks Investment Research downgraded Royal Dutch Shell plc from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Wednesday, April 5th. Scotiabank set a $54.00 price objective on Royal Dutch Shell plc and gave the company a “hold” rating in a research note on Monday, March 27th. Morgan Stanley reiterated a “buy” rating on shares of Royal Dutch Shell plc in a research note on Thursday, April 13th. Simmons dropped their price objective on Royal Dutch Shell plc from $61.00 to $60.00 and set an “overweight” rating on the stock in a research note on Thursday, April 20th. Finally, Citigroup Inc downgraded Royal Dutch Shell plc from a “neutral” rating to a “sell” rating and set a $47.00 price objective on the stock. in a research note on Wednesday, April 19th. Three research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, four have issued a hold rating, twelve have issued a buy rating and one has given a strong buy rating to the stock. The stock presently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $58.56.

Analyst Recommendations for Royal Dutch Shell plc (NYSE:RDS.A)

The firm also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Monday, June 26th. Shareholders of record on Friday, May 19th will be issued a dividend of $0.799 per share. The ex-dividend date is Wednesday, May 17th. This represents a $3.20 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of Infinity. Royal Dutch Shell plc’s payout ratio is 278.26%.

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Several hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently added to or reduced their stakes in RDS.A. Evelyn V. Moreno boosted its position in Royal Dutch Shell plc by 36.8% in the fourth quarter. Evelyn V. Moreno now owns 69,080 shares of the energy company’s stock valued at $3,163,000 after buying an additional 18,565 shares during the last quarter. Park National boosted its position in Royal Dutch Shell plc by 1.5% in the fourth quarter. Park National now owns 102,043 shares of the energy company’s stock valued at $4,672,000 after buying an additional 1,514 shares during the last quarter. Raymond James Trust boosted its position in Royal Dutch Shell plc by 10.4% in the fourth quarter. Raymond James Trust now owns 34,479 shares of the energy company’s stock valued at $1,579,000 after buying an additional 3,236 shares during the last quarter. Mondrian Investment Partners boosted its position in Royal Dutch Shell plc by 1.9% in the fourth quarter. Mondrian Investment Partners now owns 593,824 shares of the energy company’s stock valued at $27,191,000 after buying an additional 11,162 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Nikko Asset Management Americas boosted its position in Royal Dutch Shell plc by 5.0% in the fourth quarter. Nikko Asset Management Americas now owns 716,450 shares of the energy company’s stock valued at $32,950,000 after buying an additional 34,145 shares during the last quarter. 6.89% of the stock is currently owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.

About Royal Dutch Shell plc

The Royal Dutch Shell plc explores for crude oil and natural gas around the world, both in conventional fields and from sources, such as tight rock, shale and coal formations. The Company’s segments include Integrated Gas, Upstream, Downstream and Corporate. The Integrated Gas segment is engaged in the liquefaction and transportation of gas and the conversion of natural gas to liquids to provide fuels and other products, as well as projects with an integrated activity, ranging from producing to commercializing gas.

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