BHP Billiton PLC (BBL) Receiving Somewhat Positive Press Coverage, Study Finds

Headlines about BHP Billiton PLC (NYSE:BBL) have trended somewhat positive recently, according to AlphaOne Sentiment Analysis. The research group, a unit of Accern, scores the sentiment of media coverage by reviewing more than twenty million blog and news sources in real time. AlphaOne ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. BHP Billiton PLC earned a media sentiment score of 0.20 on AlphaOne’s scale. AlphaOne also gave news stories about the mining company an impact score of 87 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is very likely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the next several days.

These are some of the media headlines that may have impacted AlphaOne’s scoring:

Insider Buying and Selling by Quarter for BHP Billiton PLC (NYSE:BBL)

A number of equities research analysts recently weighed in on BBL shares. Zacks Investment Research upgraded BHP Billiton PLC from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $38.00 price target on the stock in a report on Friday, February 24th. Jefferies Group LLC set a $37.00 target price on BHP Billiton PLC and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research note on Friday, May 19th. Citigroup Inc. reissued a “buy” rating on shares of BHP Billiton PLC in a research note on Monday, May 15th. Finally, ValuEngine lowered BHP Billiton PLC from a “strong-buy” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Friday, June 2nd. Two analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, six have given a hold rating and two have issued a buy rating to the stock. The stock presently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $33.50.

Shares of BHP Billiton PLC (NYSE BBL) traded up 0.40% during mid-day trading on Monday, reaching $29.97. The company had a trading volume of 1,318,897 shares. BHP Billiton PLC has a 52-week low of $22.39 and a 52-week high of $37.44. The stock has a market capitalization of $79.75 billion, a P/E ratio of 32.16 and a beta of 1.06. The company’s 50-day moving average is $30.56 and its 200 day moving average is $32.52.

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BHP Billiton PLC 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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