BHP Billiton plc (LON:BLT) traded up 0% during mid-day trading on Wednesday . The company traded as high as GBX 1,434.64 ($19.31) and last traded at GBX 1,434.50 ($19.31). 7,391,831 shares changed hands during mid-day trading, a decline of 4% from the average session volume of 7,720,000 shares. The stock had previously closed at GBX 1,434.50 ($19.31).

A number of equities research analysts recently issued reports on the company. Citigroup raised BHP Billiton to a “buy” rating in a research note on Tuesday, December 5th. J P Morgan Chase & Co upped their target price on BHP Billiton from GBX 1,180 ($15.88) to GBX 1,190 ($16.02) and gave the company an “underweight” rating in a research note on Wednesday, August 23rd. Barclays boosted their price target on BHP Billiton from GBX 1,300 ($17.50) to GBX 1,375 ($18.51) and gave the company an “equal weight” rating in a report on Tuesday, October 24th. Macquarie reiterated an “outperform” rating and issued a GBX 1,600 ($21.53) price target on shares of BHP Billiton in a report on Tuesday, October 10th. Finally, Deutsche Bank boosted their price target on BHP Billiton from GBX 1,600 ($21.53) to GBX 1,650 ($22.21) and gave the company a “buy” rating in a report on Friday, October 13th. Six investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, nine have issued a hold rating and six have given a buy rating to the company. BHP Billiton currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of GBX 1,367.81 ($18.41).

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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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