Somewhat Positive Media Coverage Somewhat Unlikely to Affect BHP Billiton (NYSE:BBL) Stock Price

Media coverage about BHP Billiton (NYSE:BBL) has been trending somewhat positive on Sunday, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. Accern identifies negative and positive press coverage by analyzing more than twenty million news and blog sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. BHP Billiton earned a news impact score of 0.23 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news headlines about the mining company an impact score of 46.2579735355648 out of 100, meaning that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the near term.

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

Shares of BHP Billiton (BBL) opened at $45.28 on Friday. The company has a quick ratio of 1.53, a current ratio of 1.85 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.47. BHP Billiton has a 52 week low of $28.73 and a 52 week high of $45.30.

BBL has been the subject of several research analyst reports. Jefferies Group restated a “hold” rating and set a $40.00 price target on shares of BHP Billiton in a research report on Monday, January 8th. Zacks Investment Research upgraded BHP Billiton from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $43.00 target price for the company in a report on Tuesday, December 19th. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and four have given a buy rating to the stock. BHP Billiton presently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $41.50.

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BHP Billiton Company Profile

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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