Zacks Investment Research Lowers Royal Dutch Shell (RDS.A) to Hold

Zacks Investment Research cut shares of Royal Dutch Shell (NYSE:RDS.A) from a buy rating to a hold rating in a research report sent to investors on Tuesday morning.

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.”

Other equities analysts also recently issued research reports about the stock. Piper Jaffray Companies reissued a buy rating on shares of Royal Dutch Shell in a report on Thursday, October 19th. ValuEngine raised shares of Royal Dutch Shell from a hold rating to a buy rating in a report on Friday, February 2nd. Howard Weil raised shares of Royal Dutch Shell to an outperform rating in a report on Friday, December 22nd. Scotiabank reissued a hold rating and issued a $67.00 target price on shares of Royal Dutch Shell in a report on Friday, December 1st. Finally, Macquarie raised shares of Royal Dutch Shell from a neutral rating to an outperform rating in a report on Monday, December 4th. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, three have given a hold rating and thirteen have assigned a buy rating to the stock. The stock currently has a consensus rating of Buy and an average target price of $63.78.

Royal Dutch Shell (NYSE:RDS.A) opened at $63.03 on Tuesday. Royal Dutch Shell has a 1-year low of $50.32 and a 1-year high of $72.43. 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 $259,800.00, a price-to-earnings ratio of 20.14, a PEG ratio of 1.66 and a beta of 1.10.

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Royal Dutch Shell Company Profile

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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