BHP Billiton PLC (NYSE:BBL)’s share price was up 2.1% during mid-day trading on Tuesday . The stock traded as high as $27.97 and last traded at $27.59, with a volume of 1,521,091 shares trading hands. The stock had previously closed at $27.01.

Several equities analysts recently issued reports on BBL shares. Zacks Investment Research cut BHP Billiton PLC from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Friday, June 17th. Deutsche Bank AG reaffirmed a “hold” rating on shares of BHP Billiton PLC in a research report on Monday, May 9th. Citigroup Inc. reaffirmed a “neutral” rating on shares of BHP Billiton PLC in a research report on Friday, May 27th. Beaufort Securities reaffirmed a “hold” rating on shares of BHP Billiton PLC in a research report on Wednesday, June 22nd. Finally, JPMorgan Chase & Co. reaffirmed an “underweight” rating on shares of BHP Billiton PLC in a research report on Tuesday, June 21st. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, six have given a hold rating and four have given a buy rating to the company’s stock. BHP Billiton PLC presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $28.00.

The company has a 50 day moving average of $25.62 and a 200-day moving average of $24.00. The company’s market capitalization is $72.91 billion.

Other institutional investors have modified their holdings of the company. 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 valued at $1,937,000 after buying an additional 14,764 shares during the last quarter. 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 valued at $5,158,000 after buying an additional 134,526 shares during the last quarter. Airain ltd raised its position in shares of 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. CORDA Investment Management LLC. raised its position in shares of BHP Billiton PLC by 109.6% in the fourth quarter. CORDA Investment Management LLC. now owns 590,204 shares of the mining company’s stock valued at $13,368,000 after buying an additional 308,601 shares during the last quarter. Finally, 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 valued at $25,733,000 after buying an additional 293,200 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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