Why PetroQuest Energy (PQ) Stock Is Up Today

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Shares of PetroQuest Energy Inc.  (PQ) are up 6.50% to $7.05 in heavy trading volume after it partnered with NextEra Energy (NEE) on a new venture to develop up to 38 natural gas production wells in the Woodford Shale region in southeastern Oklahoma.

PetroQuest, an independent oil and natural gas company and experienced operator in the region, will oversee and operate the wells and receive a portion of the natural gas produced.

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Separately, TheStreet Ratings team rates PETROQUEST ENERGY INC as a Hold with a ratings score of C. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

"We rate PETROQUEST ENERGY INC (PQ) a HOLD. The primary factors that have impacted our rating are mixed, some indicating strength, some showing weaknesses, with little evidence to justify the expectation of either a positive or negative performance for this stock relative to most other stocks. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth and compelling growth in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company has favored debt over equity in the management of its balance sheet."

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