News coverage about BP (LON:BP) has been trending negative this week, InfoTrie Sentiment reports. InfoTrie identifies positive and negative media coverage by monitoring more than 6,000 blog and news sources. The firm ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of -5 to 5, with scores closest to five being the most favorable. BP earned a media sentiment score of -2.00 on their scale. InfoTrie also gave press coverage about the oil and gas exploration company an news buzz score of 10 out of 10, meaning that recent media coverage is extremely likely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the next few days.
Here are some of the news articles that may have effected BP’s score:
- Senegal president says truth of BP gas deal will be established – Reuters Africa (af.reuters.com)
- BP under fire over Senegal gas deals – Energy Reporters (energy-reporters.com)
- Road Project Bill For BP Money Usage Gains Final Passage – kpel965.com (kpel965.com)
- Athletics’ Sean Manaea: Throws successful BP – CBSSports.com (cbssports.com)
- Study: Blood pressure monitoring habits need to improve – Aiken Standard (aikenstandard.com)
A number of brokerages have recently issued reports on BP. Deutsche Bank restated a “buy” rating and set a GBX 590 ($7.71) price objective on shares of BP in a report on Wednesday, February 6th. Berenberg Bank boosted their price objective on BP from GBX 600 ($7.84) to GBX 610 ($7.97) and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a report on Wednesday, February 6th. Goldman Sachs Group restated a “conviction-buy” rating and set a GBX 780 ($10.19) price objective (up previously from GBX 760 ($9.93)) on shares of BP in a report on Wednesday, February 6th. Credit Suisse Group set a GBX 640 ($8.36) price objective on BP and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a report on Wednesday, February 6th. Finally, Kepler Capital Markets boosted their price objective on BP from GBX 670 ($8.75) to GBX 690 ($9.02) and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a report on Wednesday, February 6th. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a hold rating, sixteen have assigned a buy rating and one has assigned a strong buy rating to the stock. The company presently has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of GBX 650.88 ($8.50).
The firm also recently declared a dividend, which will be paid on Friday, June 21st. Stockholders of record on Thursday, May 9th will be given a $0.10 dividend. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, May 9th. This represents a dividend yield of 1.43%. BP’s payout ratio is 0.64%.
In other BP news, insider Brian Gilvary purchased 58 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Friday, May 10th. The stock was bought at an average cost of GBX 526 ($6.87) per share, for a total transaction of £305.08 ($398.64).
BP p.l.c. engages in energy business worldwide. It operates through three segments: Upstream, Downstream, and Rosneft. The Upstream segment is involved in the oil and natural gas exploration, field development, and production; midstream transportation, storage, and processing; and marketing and trading of liquefied natural gas (LNG), biogas, power and natural gas liquids (NGLs).
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