BHP Billiton PLC (NYSE:BBL)’s share price fell 2.1% on Friday . The company traded as low as $26.25 and last traded at $26.27, with a volume of 1,145,398 shares. The stock had previously closed at $26.82.

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

The stock’s 50 day moving average price is $24.74 and its 200-day moving average price is $23.03. The stock’s market capitalization is $70.25 billion.

A number of institutional investors have recently modified their holdings of BBL. 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 last quarter. Pear Tree Advisors Inc. raised its position in shares of BHP Billiton PLC by 34.8% in the fourth quarter. Pear Tree Advisors Inc. now owns 1,136,100 shares of the mining company’s stock worth $25,733,000 after buying an additional 293,200 shares during the last quarter. Polaris Capital Management LLC raised its position in shares of BHP Billiton PLC by 50.2% in the fourth quarter. Polaris Capital Management LLC now owns 3,164,648 shares of the mining company’s stock worth $71,679,000 after buying an additional 1,058,020 shares during the last quarter. 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 last quarter. Finally, 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 last quarter.

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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