BHP Billiton PLC (NYSE:BBL)’s share price was up 4.1% on Tuesday . The company traded as high as $25.32 and last traded at $25.25, with a volume of 1,895,517 shares changing hands. The stock had previously closed at $24.26.

A number of equities analysts have weighed in on BBL shares. Deutsche Bank AG reaffirmed a “hold” rating on shares of BHP Billiton PLC in a research note on Monday, March 28th. JPMorgan Chase & Co. reissued a “neutral” rating on shares of BHP Billiton PLC in a research report on Monday, March 28th. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of BHP Billiton PLC from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Tuesday, April 5th. Citigroup Inc. reissued a “neutral” rating on shares of BHP Billiton PLC in a research report on Friday, April 22nd. Finally, Beaufort Securities reissued a “hold” rating on shares of BHP Billiton PLC in a research report on Saturday, April 23rd. One equities research 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 stock currently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $28.00.

The company’s market capitalization is $67.51 billion. The company has a 50 day moving average price of $24.87 and a 200-day moving average price of $23.19.

A number of large investors have recently added to or reduced their stakes in the company. Polaris Capital Management LLC boosted its stake in 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 valued at $71,679,000 after buying an additional 1,058,020 shares during the last quarter. Pear Tree Advisors Inc. boosted its stake in 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 valued at $25,733,000 after buying an additional 293,200 shares during the last quarter. UBS Oconnor LLC boosted its stake in BHP Billiton PLC by 29.5% in the fourth quarter. UBS Oconnor LLC now owns 843,526 shares of the mining company’s stock valued at $19,106,000 after buying an additional 192,283 shares during the last quarter. Airain ltd boosted its stake in BHP Billiton PLC by 184.4% in the fourth quarter. Airain ltd now owns 267,125 shares of the mining company’s stock valued at $6,050,000 after buying an additional 173,207 shares during the last quarter. Finally, New York State Common Retirement Fund boosted its stake in 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 valued at $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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