Somewhat Favorable Media Coverage Somewhat Unlikely to Impact BHP Billiton (BHP) Stock Price

News coverage about BHP Billiton (NYSE:BHP) has trended somewhat positive this week, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. Accern ranks the sentiment of media coverage by monitoring more than twenty million news and blog sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. BHP Billiton earned a news impact score of 0.14 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave press coverage about the mining company an impact score of 45.6676142499254 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the near term.

These are some of the news stories that may have effected Accern Sentiment’s scoring:

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Shares of NYSE:BHP traded up $0.34 during trading on Tuesday, hitting $46.62. 1,423,685 shares of the company’s stock were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 2,955,370. The stock has a market capitalization of $75,137.40, a P/E ratio of 18.42, a P/E/G ratio of 2.66 and a beta of 1.22. The company has a current ratio of 1.75, a quick ratio of 1.40 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.41. BHP Billiton has a 52-week low of $33.37 and a 52-week high of $50.79.

The company also recently declared a Semi-Annual dividend, which was paid on Tuesday, March 27th. Shareholders of record on Friday, March 9th were issued a dividend of $1.10 per share. This represents a yield of 4.73%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Thursday, March 8th. This is a boost from BHP Billiton’s previous Semi-Annual dividend of $0.86. BHP Billiton’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is currently 86.96%.

A number of research firms have weighed in on BHP. Zacks Investment Research raised BHP Billiton from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $54.00 target price on the stock in a report on Tuesday, January 9th. Citigroup downgraded BHP Billiton from a “buy” rating to a “neutral” rating in a report on Wednesday, February 21st. Societe Generale upgraded BHP Billiton from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Friday, April 6th. Goldman Sachs upgraded BHP Billiton from a “neutral” rating to a “buy” rating and reduced their price target for the stock from $46.90 to $46.80 in a research report on Sunday. Finally, BNP Paribas upped their price target on BHP Billiton from $33.37 to $44.21 and gave the stock a “neutral” rating in a research report on Tuesday, March 20th. Two equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, seven have given a hold rating, nine have given a buy rating and one has issued a strong buy rating to the company. BHP Billiton presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $40.20.

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BHP Billiton Company Profile

BHP Billiton Limited is a global resources company. The Company is a producer of various commodities, including iron ore, metallurgical coal, copper and uranium. Its segments include Petroleum, Copper, Iron Ore and Coal. The Petroleum segment is engaged in the exploration, development and production of oil and gas.

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