Fairfield Bush & CO. boosted its stake in BHP Billiton Limited (NYSE:BHP) by 22.4% during the 4th quarter, according to the company in its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The firm owned 17,457 shares of the mining company’s stock after buying an additional 3,200 shares during the period. Fairfield Bush & CO.’s holdings in BHP Billiton were worth $803,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

A number of other institutional investors and hedge funds also recently modified their holdings of BHP. Opera Trading Capital purchased a new stake in BHP Billiton in the 4th quarter valued at about $106,000. Trust Co. of Vermont raised its holdings in BHP Billiton by 37.2% in the 4th quarter. Trust Co. of Vermont now owns 4,278 shares of the mining company’s stock valued at $197,000 after buying an additional 1,161 shares during the period. BigSur Wealth Management LLC purchased a new stake in BHP Billiton in the 4th quarter valued at about $203,000. Moors & Cabot Inc. purchased a new stake in BHP Billiton in the 4th quarter valued at about $208,000. Finally, American Trust Investment Advisors LLC purchased a new stake in BHP Billiton in the 3rd quarter valued at about $216,000. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 3.21% of the company’s stock.

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Several analysts recently issued reports on BHP shares. Investec upgraded shares of BHP Billiton from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Friday, March 9th. ValuEngine upgraded shares of BHP Billiton from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Friday, February 23rd. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of BHP Billiton from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $54.00 price target on the stock in a research note on Tuesday, January 9th. Deutsche Bank lowered shares of BHP Billiton from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Tuesday, February 20th. They noted that the move was a valuation call. Finally, Sanford C. Bernstein lowered shares of BHP Billiton from an “outperform” rating to a “market perform” rating and cut their price target for the stock from $49.55 to $47.00 in a research note on Monday, January 22nd. Three equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, nine have given a hold rating, five have issued a buy rating and one has issued a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. BHP Billiton presently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $39.62.

BHP Billiton Limited (BHP) opened at $44.01 on Friday. BHP Billiton Limited has a 52-week low of $33.37 and a 52-week high of $50.79. The company has a current ratio of 1.75, a quick ratio of 1.40 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.41.

The business also recently disclosed a Semi-Annual dividend, which will be paid on Tuesday, March 27th. Stockholders of record on Friday, March 9th will be given a dividend of $1.10 per share. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, March 8th. This is an increase from BHP Billiton’s previous Semi-Annual dividend of $0.86. This represents a dividend yield of 4.73%.

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BHP Billiton Profile

BHP Billiton Limited 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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