News articles about BHP Billiton Limited (NYSE:BHP) have trended somewhat positive on Wednesday, according to Accern Sentiment. The research group rates the sentiment of news coverage by monitoring more than 20 million news and blog sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. BHP Billiton Limited earned a news impact score of 0.15 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave press coverage about the mining company an impact score of 45.4986563439759 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the near term.

These are some of the news stories that may have impacted Accern Sentiment’s scoring:

Shares of BHP Billiton Limited (BHP) opened at $41.69 on Wednesday. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.47, a quick ratio of 1.53 and a current ratio of 1.85. BHP Billiton Limited has a 1 year low of $33.37 and a 1 year high of $44.62.

BHP has been the subject of several research reports. Zacks Investment Research upgraded BHP Billiton Limited from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $48.00 price target for the company in a report on Wednesday, October 18th. Exane BNP Paribas lowered BHP Billiton Limited from a “neutral” rating to an “underperform” rating in a report on Thursday, September 7th. Raymond James Financial, Inc. lowered BHP Billiton Limited from a “market perform” rating to an “underperform” rating in a report on Friday, September 1st. Cowen and Company set a $43.00 target price on BHP Billiton Limited and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a report on Thursday, August 24th. Finally, BNP Paribas lowered BHP Billiton Limited from a “neutral” rating to an “underperform” rating in a report on Wednesday, September 6th. Five investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, six have assigned a hold rating, seven have assigned a buy rating and one has assigned a strong buy rating to the stock. BHP Billiton Limited currently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $36.52.

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BHP Billiton Limited Company Profile

BHP Billiton Limited 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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