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Diamondback (FANG) Receives a Buy from Mizuho Securities

Mizuho Securities analyst Vincent Lovaglio maintained a Buy rating on Diamondback (FANGResearch Report) on May 2 and set a price target of $233.00. The company’s shares closed last Tuesday at $136.11, close to its 52-week high of $147.99.

According to TipRanks.com, Lovaglio is a top 25 analyst with an average return of 52.3% and a 86.6% success rate. Lovaglio covers the Utilities sector, focusing on stocks such as Continental Resources, Occidental Petroleum, and Southwestern Energy.

The word on The Street in general, suggests a Strong Buy analyst consensus rating for Diamondback with a $183.20 average price target, a 36.8% upside from current levels. In a report issued on April 22, Stifel Nicolaus also maintained a Buy rating on the stock with a $222.00 price target.

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Based on Diamondback’s latest earnings release for the quarter ending December 31, the company reported a quarterly revenue of $2.02 billion and net profit of $1 billion. In comparison, last year the company earned revenue of $767 million and had a GAAP net loss of $739 million.

Based on the recent corporate insider activity of 39 insiders, corporate insider sentiment is negative on the stock. This means that over the past quarter there has been an increase of insiders selling their shares of FANG in relation to earlier this year.

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Diamondback Energy, Inc. is an independent oil and natural gas company, which engages in the acquisition, development, exploration and exploitation of unconventional, onshore oil and natural gas reserves. It operates through the Upstream and Midstream Services segments. The Upstream segment focuses on the Permian Basin operations in West Texas. The Midstream Services segment involves in the Midland and Delaware Basins. The company was founded in December 2007 and is headquartered in Midland, TX.

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