QEP Resources, Inc. (NYSE:QEP) stock is currently pricing at roughly $11.68. Our analysis shows that the stock is widely covered by equity research firms, and target prices are revealing. From a summary standpoint, we track the median one-year price target among 20 analysts covering the company at $18.50. That suggests shares of the stock may have another 37 percent to the upside left to run. Of those analysts we surveyed, the highest price target on recordsits at $33.00, which would imply another -83 percent in upside potential. If we look for a little more qualitative data on the range of expectations, we find in analyst notes that the stock has 8 “Buy” ratings in place. At the same time, 7 rate the stock a “strong buy”, suggesting more conviction in the story. As for the doubters, 6 equity research analyst firms call this stock a “Hold” and 0 consider it bad enough to warrant a “Sell” rating.

Analysts at Stifel took a look at QEP shares in a research note released on Apr 13, 2017, and issued a Buy rating to this company. Wells Fargo analysts provided their own take on company recently as well. In a research note published on Feb 10, 2017,the house assigned a Outperform rating to this stock. According to a piece that hit the wires on Jan 03, 2017, researchers at FBR & Co. reconsidered their prior rating on the stock, and upped it from Mkt Perform Perform to Outperform.

QEP Resources, Inc. (QEP) Cap Table Analysis

Breaking down the capitalization table is our next goal. From a bird’s eye view, Executives hold 1.08 percent of the stock.

If we take a more granular look, Charles B. Stanley is one of the largest owners in company capital stock among insiders. According to U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) filings, this investor owns 774,007 shares, representing a total current market value of roughly $9040401.76. Mr. Keith O. Rattie is another major player among company insiders, currently holding 427,247 shares as of 0.18%, carrying a current market value of $4990244.96. Richard J. Doleshek is currently ranked as the number three insider in terms of representation on the cap table for the stock, holding 292,039 shares, valued at around $3411015.52 as of recent close.

We noted a few insider transactions for the stock recently as well.

In a transaction on 2017-02-24, the company’s Director BAKER PHILLIPS S JR Purchased 7,000 company shares for 99470. That means, once accounting for this transaction, the Director is left with a stake of 21,897 shares, carrying a current total market value of $255757. In addition, by means of a transaction dated 2016-06-30, President and CEO STANLEY CHARLES B purchased 16,763 shares worth $299220. After that transaction, this investor is left with a total holding of 779,667 shares, representing a total investment value of $9106510.56. We also noted a 2016-06-30 transaction in which QEP President and CEO STANLEY CHARLES B purchased 16,763 shares at a stock price of $17.85, carrying a total value of $299220, after which, this insider’s investment stands at 759,116 shares, with an overall financial value of $8866475.

QEP Resources, Inc. (NYSE:QEP) Earnings View 

In the company’s last quarter, QEP EPS moved to $-0.14 from $-0.15 compared sequentially with the prior quarter. Revenues for the company came in at $420.1MM. This stacks up against $399.7MM, on a sequential basis.

How does this compare with bottom and top-line expectations? Well, according to what we could find, analysts had been looking for the company to post net income of about $-0.23 per share on $401.12MM in revenue. That sets up an interesting next quarter report card. We would note that analysts seem to be projecting earnings, on average, for this quarter in the range of $-0.31 to $-0.12. On a year-over-year basis, that compares with an EPS comp of $-0.23.