STEP Energy Services (STEP) Shares Down 11.8% on Analyst Downgrade

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STEP Energy Services Ltd (TSE:STEP)’s share price was down 11.8% during trading on Thursday after TD Securities downgraded the stock from a buy rating to a hold rating. TD Securities now has a C$4.00 price target on the stock, down from their previous price target of C$5.50. STEP Energy Services traded as low as C$3.40 and last traded at C$3.45. Approximately 255,268 shares traded hands during trading, an increase of 50% from the average daily volume of 169,769 shares. The stock had previously closed at C$3.91.

Several other equities research analysts also recently issued reports on STEP. National Bank Financial lowered their price target on STEP Energy Services from C$17.00 to C$15.50 and set an “outperform” rating on the stock in a research report on Thursday, August 2nd. CIBC lowered their price target on STEP Energy Services from C$24.00 to C$22.00 in a research report on Friday, August 3rd. Industrial Alliance Securities lowered their price target on STEP Energy Services from C$17.25 to C$16.25 in a research report on Friday, August 3rd. Royal Bank of Canada reduced their target price on shares of STEP Energy Services from C$17.00 to C$15.00 and set an “outperform” rating for the company in a research note on Friday, August 3rd. Finally, Raymond James cut shares of STEP Energy Services from a “strong-buy” rating to an “outperform” rating and reduced their target price for the company from C$18.00 to C$15.00 in a research note on Friday, September 21st. Three research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and two have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of C$9.28.

In related news, insider David Todd Johnson bought 3,800 shares of STEP Energy Services stock in a transaction that occurred on Wednesday, August 15th. The stock was acquired at an average price of C$7.78 per share, for a total transaction of C$29,564.00.

The company has a current ratio of 1.77, a quick ratio of 1.47 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 57.81.

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About STEP Energy Services (TSE:STEP)

STEP Energy Services Ltd. operates as an oilfield service company that provides fracturing and coiled tubing solutions in Canada and the United States. It applies fit-for-purpose coiled tubing, pumping, and hydraulic fracturing technology to enhance reservoir performance in well stimulation and intervention projects for clients operating in unconventional oil, gas, and liquids rich plays.

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