BT Group (BT) Getting Somewhat Positive Media Coverage, Report Finds

News coverage about BT Group (NYSE:BT) has trended somewhat positive this week, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. The research group identifies negative and positive news coverage by analyzing more than twenty million blog and news sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. BT Group earned a media sentiment score of 0.15 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news coverage about the utilities provider an impact score of 45.2055504922449 out of 100, meaning that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the near term.

These are some of the media stories that may have effected Accern Sentiment’s scoring:

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BT traded up $0.17 during trading on Thursday, reaching $17.13. 807,236 shares of the company were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 1,212,878. The stock has a market capitalization of $33,674.95, a price-to-earnings ratio of 9.06 and a beta of 1.01. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.62, a quick ratio of 0.96 and a current ratio of 0.98. BT Group has a 12-month low of $15.41 and a 12-month high of $21.16.

BT Group (NYSE:BT) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Friday, February 2nd. The utilities provider reported $0.42 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.46 by ($0.04). The company had revenue of $7.93 billion for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $8.60 billion. BT Group had a return on equity of 33.21% and a net margin of 7.11%. research analysts forecast that BT Group will post 1.94 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

BT has been the topic of a number of recent research reports. UBS raised BT Group from a “neutral” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Wednesday, December 13th. Bank of America raised BT Group from a “neutral” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Tuesday, January 2nd. Zacks Investment Research raised BT Group from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Thursday, January 4th. Deutsche Bank raised BT Group from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Wednesday, February 21st. Finally, Berenberg Bank raised BT Group from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Friday, February 23rd. Two research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, ten have assigned a hold rating and nine have issued a buy rating to the stock. The company has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $308.94.

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BT Group Company Profile

BT Group plc provides communications services worldwide. Its Consumer segment sells telephones, baby monitors, and Wi-Fi extenders through high street retailers and the online BT Shop, as well as through Website BT.com; and offers home phone, copper and fiber broadband, TV, and mobile services in various packages.

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