News coverage about BHP Billiton PLC (NYSE:BBL) has trended somewhat positive recently, according to Accern Sentiment. The research group identifies negative and positive news coverage by reviewing more than twenty million blog and news sources. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. BHP Billiton PLC earned a news impact score of 0.19 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned media coverage about the mining company an impact score of 45.9934557489416 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the near term.

These are some of the news headlines that may have impacted Accern Sentiment’s rankings:

Several analysts have issued reports on BBL shares. Zacks Investment Research raised BHP Billiton PLC from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $35.00 price target on the stock in a research note on Monday, April 17th. Citigroup Inc. reissued a “buy” rating on shares of BHP Billiton PLC in a research note on Monday, May 15th. BidaskClub raised BHP Billiton PLC from a “strong sell” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Friday, June 30th. UBS AG reissued a “neutral” rating on shares of BHP Billiton PLC in a research note on Thursday, April 27th. Finally, ValuEngine raised BHP Billiton PLC from a “buy” rating to a “strong-buy” rating in a research note on Wednesday, July 19th. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, eight have assigned a hold rating, one has issued a buy rating and one has assigned a strong buy rating to the stock. BHP Billiton PLC currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $33.50.

BHP Billiton PLC (BBL) traded down 0.11% during mid-day trading on Wednesday, hitting $36.14. The company had a trading volume of 2,843,832 shares. The firm has a market capitalization of $96.17 billion, a PE ratio of 38.78 and a beta of 1.05. BHP Billiton PLC has a 12-month low of $25.18 and a 12-month high of $37.44. The company’s 50 day moving average price is $32.35 and its 200-day moving average price is $32.40.

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About BHP Billiton PLC

BHP Billiton Plc is a global resources company. The Company is a producer of various commodities, including iron ore, metallurgical coal, copper and uranium. Its segments include Petroleum, Copper, Iron Ore and Coal. The Petroleum segment is engaged in the exploration, development and production of oil and gas.

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