BHP Billiton (BHP) Receives Media Impact Score of -2.38

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Media stories about BHP Billiton (NYSE:BHP) have trended negative on Saturday, InfoTrie Sentiment Analysis reports. The research firm identifies positive and negative press coverage by analyzing more than six thousand news and blog sources in real time. The firm ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative five to positive five, with scores nearest to five being the most favorable. BHP Billiton earned a news sentiment score of -2.38 on their scale. InfoTrie also assigned media coverage about the mining company an news buzz score of 8 out of 10, indicating that recent press coverage is very likely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the near future.

These are some of the media stories that may have impacted BHP Billiton’s ranking:

A number of brokerages recently issued reports on BHP. ValuEngine upgraded shares of BHP Billiton from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Friday, September 14th. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of BHP Billiton from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $52.00 price target for the company in a research note on Thursday, November 22nd. Deutsche Bank lowered shares of BHP Billiton from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Monday, September 10th. Finally, JPMorgan Chase & Co. lowered shares of BHP Billiton from an “overweight” rating to a “neutral” rating in a research note on Thursday. Nine research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and five have given a buy rating to the company’s stock. BHP Billiton currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $48.00.

BHP Billiton stock opened at $44.58 on Friday. The firm has a market capitalization of $72.06 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 13.27, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 2.29 and a beta of 1.12. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.40, a current ratio of 2.51 and a quick ratio of 2.24. BHP Billiton has a 12 month low of $41.03 and a 12 month high of $52.62.

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BHP Billiton Company Profile

BHP Billiton Limited discovers, acquires, develops, and markets natural resources worldwide. It operates through four segments: Petroleum, Copper, Iron Ore, and Coal. The company explores for copper, silver, lead, zinc, molybdenum, uranium, gold, and iron ore, as well as metallurgical and energy coal, and oil and gas properties.

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