Somewhat Favorable Media Coverage Somewhat Unlikely to Affect BHP Billiton (BHP) Stock Price

News headlines about BHP Billiton (NYSE:BHP) have been trending somewhat positive recently, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. Accern identifies positive and negative media coverage by monitoring more than twenty million blog and news sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. BHP Billiton earned a news sentiment score of 0.15 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned press coverage about the mining company an impact score of 45.695166840487 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the next several days.

Here are some of the news stories that may have impacted Accern’s analysis:

Shares of BHP Billiton (BHP) traded up $1.02 during mid-day trading on Monday, reaching $50.69. 3,852,000 shares of the company’s stock were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 2,690,067. The firm has a market capitalization of $127,660.00, a PE ratio of 22.94, a P/E/G ratio of 3.29 and a beta of 1.14. The company has a current ratio of 1.85, a quick ratio of 1.53 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.47. BHP Billiton has a 12-month low of $33.37 and a 12-month high of $50.79.

BHP has been the subject of several recent research reports. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of BHP Billiton from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Tuesday, December 19th. JPMorgan Chase & Co. upgraded shares of BHP Billiton from an “underweight” rating to a “neutral” rating in a report on Thursday, December 14th. ValuEngine cut shares of BHP Billiton from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Friday, September 22nd. Finally, Cowen increased their target price on shares of BHP Billiton from $45.00 to $52.00 and gave the stock a “market perform” rating in a report on Wednesday, January 10th. Five investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, seven have issued a hold rating, seven have assigned a buy rating and one has assigned a strong buy rating to the company. The stock has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $38.66.

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BHP Billiton 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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