NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Shares of Chevron Corp (CVX) were rising, higher by 0.68% to $100.72 in early market trading Wednesday, after analysts at Societe Generale upgraded the energy company to "buy" from "hold" earlier this morning, citing a valuation call.
The firm maintained its $115 price target, and said the company offers an attractive 4.3% dividend yield as well as long term growth.
Still, analysts at the firm sees some risks including project issues and pressure from declining oil prices.
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, deteriorating net income and disappointing return on equity."
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 38.6%. 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, on the basis of change in net income from the same quarter one year ago, has significantly underperformed against the S&P 500 and did not exceed that of the Oil, Gas & Consumable Fuels industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 43.1% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $4,512.00 million to $2,567.00 million.
- 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.
- You can view the full analysis from the report here: CVX Ratings Report