YPF Sociedad Anonima (NYSE:YPF) was downgraded by Zacks Investment Research from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report issued on Thursday.

According to Zacks, “YPF Sociedad Anonima is an international energy company, based on the integrated business of hydrocarbons, focalized in Latin America, with high standards of efficiency, profitability and responsibility. They have a dominant position in Argentina’s exploration, production, refining and marketing sectors, as well as a growing presence in petrochemicals. “

A number of other equities research analysts have also recently issued reports on the stock. Citigroup Inc. assumed coverage on shares of YPF Sociedad Anonima in a report on Monday. They issued a “buy” rating and a $28.00 target price on the stock. ValuEngine raised shares of YPF Sociedad Anonima from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Thursday, August 17th. BidaskClub raised shares of YPF Sociedad Anonima from a “strong sell” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Monday, August 14th. Finally, Credit Suisse Group set a $27.00 target price on shares of YPF Sociedad Anonima and gave the company a “buy” rating in a report on Monday, August 7th. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, two have given a hold rating and four have issued a buy rating to the stock. The stock has an average rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $25.58.

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A number of institutional investors have recently added to or reduced their stakes in the business. Banco BTG Pactual S.A. raised its holdings in YPF Sociedad Anonima by 44.6% in the 2nd quarter. Banco BTG Pactual S.A. now owns 152,000 shares of the oil and gas exploration company’s stock valued at $3,329,000 after acquiring an additional 46,900 shares during the period. Dynamic Technology Lab Private Ltd raised its holdings in YPF Sociedad Anonima by 47.5% in the 2nd quarter. Dynamic Technology Lab Private Ltd now owns 15,965 shares of the oil and gas exploration company’s stock valued at $349,000 after acquiring an additional 5,143 shares during the period. Public Employees Retirement System of Ohio raised its holdings in YPF Sociedad Anonima by 6.1% in the 2nd quarter. Public Employees Retirement System of Ohio now owns 596,965 shares of the oil and gas exploration company’s stock valued at $13,074,000 after acquiring an additional 34,494 shares during the period. Private Advisory Group LLC raised its holdings in YPF Sociedad Anonima by 53.7% in the 2nd quarter. Private Advisory Group LLC now owns 13,281 shares of the oil and gas exploration company’s stock valued at $291,000 after acquiring an additional 4,638 shares during the period. Finally, The Manufacturers Life Insurance Company raised its holdings in YPF Sociedad Anonima by 6.6% in the 2nd quarter. The Manufacturers Life Insurance Company now owns 451,102 shares of the oil and gas exploration company’s stock valued at $9,879,000 after acquiring an additional 27,806 shares during the period. 29.39% of the stock is currently owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.

About YPF Sociedad Anonima

YPF Sociedad Anonima (YPF) is an energy company. The Company is operating a fully integrated oil and gas chain. The Company operates through the segments, including Exploration and Production, Downstream, and Corporate and Other. The Company’s Exploration and Production segment includes exploration and production activities, natural gas and crude oil purchases, sales of natural gas, and to a lesser extent crude oil, to third parties and intersegment sales of crude oil, natural gas and its byproducts.

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