Press coverage about BHP Billiton PLC (NYSE:BBL) has trended somewhat positive this week, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. The research firm identifies negative and positive news coverage by analyzing more than twenty million blog and news sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. BHP Billiton PLC earned a media sentiment score of 0.13 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media stories about the mining company an impact score of 45.4524761960534 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the near future.

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

BBL has been the subject of several research reports. Jefferies Group LLC set a $37.00 price objective on shares of BHP Billiton PLC and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research report on Wednesday, August 23rd. ValuEngine downgraded shares of BHP Billiton PLC from a “strong-buy” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Thursday, August 24th. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of BHP Billiton PLC from a “strong sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Tuesday, August 8th. Finally, BidaskClub raised shares of BHP Billiton PLC from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Saturday, August 26th. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, two have given a hold rating, three have assigned a buy rating and one has assigned a strong buy rating to the stock. The stock has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $40.00.

Shares of BHP Billiton PLC (NYSE BBL) traded up $0.48 on Friday, reaching $37.27. 666,900 shares of the company traded hands, compared to its average volume of 1,644,658. BHP Billiton PLC has a fifty-two week low of $28.73 and a fifty-two week high of $39.12. The company has a quick ratio of 1.53, a current ratio of 1.85 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.47.

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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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