Royal Dutch Shell (RDS.A) – Research Analysts’ Recent Ratings Changes

A number of firms have modified their ratings and price targets on shares of Royal Dutch Shell (NYSE: RDS.A) recently:

  • 2/7/2018 – Royal Dutch Shell was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating. They now have a $74.00 price target on the stock. According to Zacks, “Buy-rated Royal Dutch Shell’s shares have outperformed the Zacks Oil & Gas International Integrated industry over the last year (+29.1% vs. +14.2%). The performance was supported by the company’s impressive earnings surprise history, having surpassed expectations in three of the trailing four quarters. Shell ended 2017 on a solid note with the integrated behemoth's fourth-quarter upstream unit profit soaring from the year-ago period thanks to steady commodity price recovery. The Hague-based supermajor was also able to reduce operating costs on increased synergies with BG Group, apart from progressing on its large divestment program. Importantly, the Anglo-Dutch company generated healthy cash flows yet again, allowing it to cut debt and cover its cash dividend. Consequently, we think Shell offers substantial upside potential from the current price levels and view it as a preferred energy play to own now.”
  • 2/6/2018 – Royal Dutch Shell was downgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating. According to Zacks, “Buy-rated Royal Dutch Shell’s shares have outperformed the Zacks Oil & Gas International Integrated industry over the last year (+29.4% vs. +16.2%). The performance was supported by the company’s impressive earnings surprise history, having surpassed expectations in three of the trailing four quarters. Shell ended 2017 on a solid note with the integrated behemoth's fourth-quarter upstream unit profit soaring from the year-ago period thanks to steady commodity price recovery. Importantly, the Anglo-Dutch company generated healthy cash flows yet again, allowing it to cut debt and cover its cash dividend. However, with production volumes going down, Shell's near-to-medium term revenue outlook remains cloudy. Hence, we advise investors to wait for a better entry point before buying shares.”
  • 2/2/2018 – Royal Dutch Shell was upgraded by analysts at ValuEngine from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating.
  • 1/22/2018 – Royal Dutch Shell had its price target raised by analysts at Cowen Inc from $66.00 to $80.00. They now have an “outperform” rating on the stock.
  • 1/8/2018 – Royal Dutch Shell was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a “hold” rating to a “strong-buy” rating. They now have a $79.00 price target on the stock. According to Zacks, “We take a positive stance on Royal Dutch Shell plc. In particular, there are a few reasons to be bullish on Europe's largest oil company, whose ADRs have handily outperformed smaller rival BP over the past year. While the Strong Buy-rated supermajor has been able to manage its expenses and progress on its large divestment program, the remarkable speed of its BG integration is what stands apart. Importantly, the company generated a surge in cash flows during the most recent quarter, allowing it to cut debt and cover its cash dividend. As it is, we are a fan of the company's strong and diversified portfolio of development projects that offer attractive long-term opportunities.”
  • 12/31/2017 – Royal Dutch Shell was upgraded by analysts at ValuEngine from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating.
  • 12/22/2017 – Royal Dutch Shell was upgraded by analysts at Howard Weil to an “outperform” rating.

Shares of Royal Dutch Shell plc (NYSE RDS.A) opened at $63.03 on Monday. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.37, a current ratio of 1.20 and a quick ratio of 0.88. The company has a market cap of $262,917.72, a PE ratio of 20.07, a P/E/G ratio of 1.62 and a beta of 1.06. Royal Dutch Shell plc has a 12-month low of $50.32 and a 12-month high of $72.43.

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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