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MIDCAP-New Hope lags Aussie energy sector on analyst revisions

New Hope Corp Ltd lags on analyst revisions among35 companies in Australia's energy sector tracked by at leastthree analysts, data from Thomson Reuters StarMine shows.

The coal mining company has an Analyst Revision Model (ARM)score of 5, the lowest in the sector, and a low SmartHoldings(SH) score of 10. The low SH score suggests a potential declinein institutional ownership.

The company's free cash flow declined from A$8 million to anegative of A$27 million between July 2011 and July 2012.However, the net profit after tax excluding non-recurring itemsrose 16 percent during the same period.

Analysts' mean EPS estimate for the year ending July 2013has fallen by 18.9 percent over the last 30 days.

Of the seven analysts tracking the stock, three give it a'strong buy' rating, three recommend a 'hold' and one has a'sell' rating.

The stock is down 17.18 percent so far this year, while thebroader index is up nearly 10 percent, as of Friday'sclose.

Buru Energy Ltd leads the sector with an ARM scoreof 91. CONTEXT: For details, see:

StarMine's Analyst Revision Model ranks stocks based onanalysts' revision of earnings and revenue estimates and changesin their ratings and usually gives additional weight to analystswho have been more accurate in the past.

StarMine's SmartHoldings model is a global stock selectionmodel that ranks stocks based on expected future increase ordecrease in institutional ownership.

(Reporting By Tripti Kalro; Editing by Jijo Jacob)

((Tripti.Kalro@thomsonreuters.com))

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