BT Group (BT) Earning Somewhat Positive News Coverage, Report Shows

Media coverage about BT Group (NYSE:BT) has been trending somewhat positive this week, Accern reports. The research group identifies negative and positive news coverage by analyzing more than twenty million news and blog sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. BT Group earned a media sentiment score of 0.18 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave headlines about the utilities provider an impact score of 44.4096097760664 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the next several days.

Here are some of the headlines that may have impacted Accern’s rankings:

Shares of BT Group (NYSE BT) traded up $0.29 during trading on Friday, hitting $18.04. The company had a trading volume of 930,757 shares, compared to its average volume of 743,927. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.50, a quick ratio of 0.81 and a current ratio of 0.83. The company has a market capitalization of $34,254.41, a P/E ratio of 9.54, a PEG ratio of 4.82 and a beta of 0.99. BT Group has a one year low of $16.15 and a one year high of $24.65.

The firm also recently announced a None dividend, which will be paid on Monday, February 12th. Investors of record on Friday, December 29th will be issued a dividend of $0.297 per share. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, December 28th. This represents a dividend yield of 3.84%. BT Group’s dividend payout ratio is presently 91.35%.

BT has been the subject of a number of analyst reports. ValuEngine raised BT Group from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Monday, November 27th. Citigroup reissued a “neutral” rating on shares of BT Group in a research note on Friday, November 24th. Credit Suisse Group dropped their price objective on BT Group from GBX 320 ($4.31) to GBX 280 ($3.77) and set a “neutral” rating for the company in a research note on Tuesday, November 7th. Beaufort Securities lowered BT Group to a “hold” rating and dropped their price objective for the company from GBX 340 ($4.58) to GBX 265 ($3.57) in a research note on Friday, November 3rd. Finally, Deutsche Bank reissued a “sell” rating and set a GBX 265 ($3.57) price objective on shares of BT Group in a research note on Wednesday, November 1st. Three analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, twelve have given a hold rating and seven have given a buy rating to the stock. The stock currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $317.18.

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