BHP Billiton (BBL) Receiving Somewhat Favorable Press Coverage, Report Finds

Press coverage about BHP Billiton (NYSE:BBL) has been trending somewhat positive recently, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. Accern ranks the sentiment of news 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 one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. BHP Billiton earned a coverage optimism score of 0.06 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news stories about the mining company an impact score of 46.1992337243826 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the near term.

Here are some of the news stories that may have effected Accern Sentiment Analysis’s analysis:

BBL has been the subject of a number of recent research reports. BidaskClub upgraded shares of BHP Billiton from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Saturday, August 26th. ValuEngine cut shares of BHP Billiton from a “strong-buy” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Thursday, August 24th. Jefferies Group set a $37.00 price target on shares of BHP Billiton and gave the company a “buy” rating in a report on Wednesday, August 23rd. Finally, Zacks Investment Research cut shares of BHP Billiton from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Tuesday. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, three have given a hold rating and three have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. BHP Billiton has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $40.00.

BHP Billiton (BBL) traded down $0.17 during mid-day trading on Thursday, reaching $37.14. 1,298,271 shares of the company’s stock were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 1,615,671. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.47, a current ratio of 1.85 and a quick ratio of 1.53. BHP Billiton has a one year low of $28.73 and a one year high of $39.12.

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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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