Shares of BHP Billiton PLC (NYSE:BBL) were down 1.9% on Tuesday . The stock traded as low as $27.31 and last traded at $27.31, with a volume of 1,341,497 shares traded. The stock had previously closed at $27.83.

Several analysts have weighed in on BBL shares. Deutsche Bank AG reissued a “hold” rating on shares of BHP Billiton PLC in a research note on Monday, May 9th. Citigroup Inc. restated a “neutral” rating on shares of BHP Billiton PLC in a research report on Friday, May 27th. Credit Suisse Group AG restated an “outperform” rating on shares of BHP Billiton PLC in a research report on Friday, May 27th. Zacks Investment Research cut shares of BHP Billiton PLC from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Friday, June 17th. Finally, JPMorgan Chase & Co. restated an “underweight” rating on shares of BHP Billiton PLC in a research report on Tuesday, June 21st. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, seven have given a hold rating and four have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $30.50.

The stock’s 50-day moving average is $26.54 and its 200 day moving average is $24.64. The company’s market cap is $72.03 billion.

The business also recently announced a dividend, which will be paid on Tuesday, September 20th. Investors of record on Friday, September 2nd will be paid a dividend of $0.28 per share. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Wednesday, August 31st.

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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