Media headlines about BP (NYSE:BP) have trended somewhat negative on Sunday, Accern Sentiment reports. Accern rates the sentiment of news coverage by reviewing more than twenty million news and blog sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. BP earned a media sentiment score of -0.13 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news headlines about the oil and gas exploration company an impact score of 43.0437731602741 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the immediate future.

These are some of the news headlines that may have effected Accern Sentiment Analysis’s scoring:

BP (NYSE BP) traded up $0.64 during trading on Friday, reaching $43.91. 5,648,959 shares of the company’s stock traded hands, compared to its average volume of 4,360,000. The company has a market cap of $145,780.00, a PE ratio of 37.53, a P/E/G ratio of 0.93 and a beta of 0.97. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.57, a quick ratio of 0.88 and a current ratio of 1.18. BP has a 52-week low of $33.10 and a 52-week high of $43.99.

BP (NYSE:BP) last released its quarterly earnings results on Tuesday, October 31st. The oil and gas exploration company reported $0.57 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.50 by $0.07. BP had a net margin of 1.70% and a return on equity of 4.52%. equities analysts forecast that BP will post 1.82 EPS for the current year.

The business also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Thursday, December 21st. Shareholders of record on Friday, November 10th were issued a $0.60 dividend. This is a boost from BP’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.60. This represents a $2.40 annualized dividend and a yield of 5.47%. The ex-dividend date was Thursday, November 9th. BP’s dividend payout ratio is currently 203.42%.

A number of equities analysts have recently commented on the stock. Vetr downgraded shares of BP from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating and set a $40.67 price objective for the company. in a research note on Monday, October 30th. Zacks Investment Research cut shares of BP from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Wednesday, November 15th. TheStreet raised shares of BP from a “c” rating to a “b” rating in a report on Wednesday, November 8th. Evercore ISI upped their target price on shares of BP from $43.00 to $48.00 and gave the company an “outperform” rating in a report on Wednesday, November 1st. Finally, Piper Jaffray Companies reaffirmed a “buy” rating and issued a $39.00 target price on shares of BP in a report on Thursday, September 28th. Three analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, nine have given a hold rating and eight have given a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $38.63.

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About BP

BP p.l.c. is an integrated oil and gas company. The Company owns an interest in OJSC Oil Company Rosneft (Rosneft), an oil and gas company. The Company’s segments include Upstream, Downstream, Rosneft, and Other businesses and corporate. The Upstream segment is engaged in oil and natural gas exploration, field development and production, as well as midstream transportation, storage and processing.

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