BHP Billiton (BBL) Receiving Somewhat Favorable Media Coverage, Study Finds

News headlines about BHP Billiton (NYSE:BBL) have trended somewhat positive recently, Accern Sentiment reports. The research firm identifies negative and positive media coverage by analyzing more than twenty million blog and news sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. BHP Billiton earned a media sentiment score of 0.13 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news coverage about the mining company an impact score of 45.3173187690324 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the next several days.

Several equities research analysts have recently weighed in on BBL shares. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of BHP Billiton from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $43.00 target price for the company in a research report on Tuesday, December 19th. Deutsche Bank raised shares of BHP Billiton from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Wednesday, April 11th. Jefferies Group reissued a “hold” rating and issued a $40.00 target price on shares of BHP Billiton in a research report on Monday, January 8th. ValuEngine downgraded shares of BHP Billiton from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Monday, April 2nd. Finally, Citigroup reissued a “neutral” rating on shares of BHP Billiton in a research report on Wednesday, February 21st. Six investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and two have issued a buy rating to the stock. The company currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $44.00.

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Shares of NYSE:BBL traded up $1.47 during trading on Wednesday, reaching $43.00. 2,914,797 shares of the company’s stock traded hands, compared to its average volume of 1,944,247. The company has a quick ratio of 1.40, a current ratio of 1.75 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.41. BHP Billiton has a 12 month low of $28.73 and a 12 month high of $45.43. The company has a market cap of $43,380.48, a PE ratio of 17.00, a P/E/G ratio of 2.29 and a beta of 1.21.

The firm also recently disclosed a None dividend, which was paid on Tuesday, March 27th. Investors of record on Friday, March 9th were given a dividend of $1.10 per share. This represents a dividend yield of 5.31%. The ex-dividend date was Thursday, March 8th. This is an increase from BHP Billiton’s previous None dividend of $0.86. BHP Billiton’s dividend payout ratio is currently 77.47%.

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About BHP Billiton

BHP Billiton Plc, together with its subsidiaries, discovers, acquires, develops, and markets natural resources worldwide. It operates through four segments: Petroleum, Copper, Iron Ore, and Coal. The company explores for copper, silver, lead, zinc, molybdenum, uranium, gold, and iron ores, as well as metallurgical coal, thermal energy coal, and oil and gas properties.

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