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QEP Resources

(QEP) - Get QEP Resources, Inc. Report

was the best performer in the

S&P 500

on Thursday morning.

The S&P 500 was falling almost 11 points, or 0.81%, to 1,321.

Shares of QEP Resources, a natural gas and oil exploration and production company, rose 2.98% to $28.37. Natural gas prices have been rising with September futures gaining 9 cents on Thursday to $2.818.

QEP Resources has an estimated price-to-earnings ratio for next year of 18.87 times; the average among its peers is 28.81. For comparison,

Cabot Oil & Gas

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(COG) - Get Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation Report

has a higher forward P/E of 90.03.

Fourteen of the 18 analysts who cover QEP Resources rated it buy. Three analysts gave the stock a hold rating and one rated it sell.

The stock has fallen 3.07% year to date.

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