NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Shares of Chevron Corp  (CVX) were sliding, down 1.31% to $106.62 in early market trading Monday, after analysts at Goldman Sachs downgraded the company to "sell" from "neutral" this morning.

Goldman analysts also issued a price target of $99, down from its prior $111 on lower earnings estimates.

Analysts believe the energy giant will face margin pressure in Africa and Australia.

The firm added that it sees risk to Chevron's 2017 production guidance.

Goldman said the company is burning through free cash flow, which should limit dividend growth in the coming quarters.

San Ramon, Calif.-based Chevron is a holding company that is engaged in petroleum operations, chemicals operations, mining operations, and power and energy services through its subsidiaries.

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

"We rate CHEVRON CORP (CVX) 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 reasonable valuation levels and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including feeble growth in the company's earnings per share, disappointing return on equity and weak operating cash flow."

Highlights from the analysis by TheStreet Ratings Team goes as follows:

  • CVX's debt-to-equity ratio is very low at 0.22 and is currently below that of the industry average, implying that there has been very successful management of debt levels. Although the company had a strong debt-to-equity ratio, its quick ratio of 0.96 is somewhat weak and could be cause for future problems.
  • Regardless of the drop in revenue, the company managed to outperform against the industry average of 38.3%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues fell by 37.9%. Weakness in the company's revenue seems to have hurt the bottom line, decreasing earnings per share.
  • The company's current return on equity has slightly decreased from the same quarter one year prior. This implies a minor weakness in the organization. In comparison to the other companies in the Oil, Gas & Consumable Fuels industry and the overall market, CHEVRON CORP's return on equity is significantly below that of the industry average and is below that of the S&P 500.
  • CHEVRON CORP's earnings per share declined by 41.9% in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. Earnings per share have declined over the last two years. We anticipate that this should continue in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, CHEVRON CORP reported lower earnings of $10.14 versus $11.09 in the prior year. For the next year, the market is expecting a contraction of 60.5% in earnings ($4.00 versus $10.14).
  • You can view the full analysis from the report here: CVX Ratings Report

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