Media stories about BHP Billiton (NYSE:BBL) have been trending somewhat positive this week, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. The research firm rates the sentiment of news coverage by reviewing more than 20 million blog and news sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. BHP Billiton earned a media sentiment score of 0.15 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned media stories about the mining company an impact score of 46.6085528494737 out of 100, meaning that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the near term.
Here are some of the news articles that may have impacted Accern Sentiment’s rankings:
- Most Recent Figure Make This Stock Even More Attractive: BHP Billiton plc (NYSE: BBL) – Alpha Beta Stock (alphabetastock.com)
- [$$] What Goes Around Comes Around: Energy Prices Dig Into Miners’ Profits (finance.yahoo.com)
- One Most Risky Stock to Own In 2018: BHP Billiton plc (BBL) – Wallstreet Investorplace (wallstreetinvestorplace.com)
- Australia’s Woodside says has green light to up gas field stake (finance.yahoo.com)
- [$$] Miners Fight to Protect Commodity Gains From Rising Costs (finance.yahoo.com)
Several research firms have issued reports on BBL. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of BHP Billiton from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $50.00 price target on the stock in a research report on Friday, January 19th. Jefferies Group reiterated a “hold” rating and set a $40.00 target price on shares of BHP Billiton in a research report on Monday, January 8th. Deutsche Bank lowered shares of BHP Billiton from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Wednesday, February 21st. Finally, Citigroup reiterated a “neutral” rating on shares of BHP Billiton in a research report on Wednesday, February 21st. Five analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and two have assigned a buy rating to the stock. BHP Billiton presently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $45.00.
The firm also recently announced a None dividend, which will be paid on Tuesday, March 27th. Stockholders of record on Friday, March 9th will be given a dividend of $1.10 per share. This is a positive change from BHP Billiton’s previous None dividend of $0.86. This represents a dividend yield of 5.31%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, March 8th. BHP Billiton’s payout ratio is 80.00%.
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About BHP Billiton
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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