BHP Billiton plc (LON:BLT) shares were up 0% during mid-day trading on Friday . The company traded as high as GBX 1,368 ($17.99) and last traded at GBX 1,350.76 ($17.77). Approximately 7,560,000 shares changed hands during mid-day trading, a decline of 5% from the average daily volume of 7,940,000 shares. The stock had previously closed at GBX 1,350.76 ($17.77).

A number of research analysts recently issued reports on BLT shares. Macquarie reiterated an “outperform” rating and issued a GBX 1,600 ($21.04) price objective on shares of BHP Billiton plc in a report on Tuesday, October 10th. Citigroup Inc. lowered shares of BHP Billiton plc to a “neutral” rating and raised their price target for the stock from GBX 1,350 ($17.76) to GBX 1,400 ($18.41) in a report on Wednesday, August 23rd. Deutsche Bank AG raised their price target on shares of BHP Billiton plc from GBX 1,600 ($21.04) to GBX 1,650 ($21.70) and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a report on Friday, October 13th. J P Morgan Chase & Co restated an “underweight” rating and set a GBX 1,235 ($16.24) price target on shares of BHP Billiton plc in a report on Friday, October 27th. Finally, raised their price target on shares of BHP Billiton plc from GBX 1,500 ($19.73) to GBX 1,530 ($20.12) and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a report on Thursday, October 19th. Six analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, eleven have assigned a hold rating and five have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of GBX 1,358.14 ($17.86).

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About BHP Billiton plc

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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