BHP Billiton PLC (NYSE:BBL) gapped up prior to trading on Monday . The stock had previously closed at $25.17, but opened at $25.40. BHP Billiton PLC shares last traded at $25.91, with a volume of 1,260,699 shares trading hands.

Several equities research analysts have recently commented on BBL shares. Citigroup Inc. reiterated a “neutral” rating on shares of BHP Billiton PLC in a research report on Friday, May 27th. Beaufort Securities reiterated a “hold” rating on shares of BHP Billiton PLC in a research report on Friday, March 18th. Deutsche Bank AG reiterated a “hold” rating on shares of BHP Billiton PLC in a research report on Monday, April 25th. Credit Suisse Group AG reiterated an “outperform” rating on shares of BHP Billiton PLC in a research report on Friday, May 27th. Finally, JPMorgan Chase & Co. reiterated an “underweight” rating on shares of BHP Billiton PLC in a research report on Tuesday, June 21st. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, six have issued a hold rating and four have given a buy rating to the company. BHP Billiton PLC currently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $28.00.

The company’s market cap is $68.87 billion. The firm’s 50-day moving average price is $24.53 and its 200 day moving average price is $22.94.

Other hedge funds and institutional investors have modified their holdings of the company. Comerica Bank raised its position in shares of BHP Billiton PLC by 4.8% in the fourth quarter. Comerica Bank now owns 56,870 shares of the mining company’s stock worth $1,079,000 after buying an additional 2,596 shares during the period. Advisors Asset Management Inc. raised its position in shares of BHP Billiton PLC by 20.9% in the fourth quarter. Advisors Asset Management Inc. now owns 85,518 shares of the mining company’s stock worth $1,937,000 after buying an additional 14,764 shares during the period. Henderson Group PLC acquired a new position in shares of BHP Billiton PLC during the fourth quarter worth about $4,013,000. New York State Common Retirement Fund raised its position in shares of BHP Billiton PLC by 144.3% in the fourth quarter. New York State Common Retirement Fund now owns 227,726 shares of the mining company’s stock worth $5,158,000 after buying an additional 134,526 shares during the period. Finally, Russell Frank Co raised its position in shares of BHP Billiton PLC by 75.0% in the fourth quarter. Russell Frank Co now owns 562,421 shares of the mining company’s stock worth $12,833,000 after buying an additional 241,100 shares during the period.

BHP Billiton Plc is engaged in exploration, development, production, processing and marketing of minerals, in respect of iron ore, metallurgical and energy coal, copper, aluminum, manganese, uranium, nickel, silver and potash, and exploration, development, production and marketing of conventional and unconventional oil and gas.

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