Media coverage about BT Group (NYSE:BT) has been trending somewhat positive recently, according to Accern Sentiment. Accern identifies negative and positive press coverage by analyzing more than 20 million blog and news sources. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. BT Group earned a coverage optimism score of 0.25 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned media stories about the utilities provider an impact score of 45.1857865295096 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the near future.

Here are some of the news articles that may have effected Accern’s rankings:

A number of analysts have recently weighed in on the stock. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of BT Group from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Tuesday. BidaskClub cut shares of BT Group from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Friday, August 18th. Numis Securities restated a “buy” rating and issued a GBX 390 ($5.25) price target on shares of BT Group in a report on Sunday, September 24th. Deutsche Bank restated a “sell” rating and issued a GBX 265 ($3.57) price target on shares of BT Group in a report on Wednesday, November 1st. Finally, UBS upgraded shares of BT Group from a “neutral” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Wednesday. Three equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, eleven have issued a hold rating and eight have given a buy rating to the company. BT Group has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $317.18.

BT Group (BT) remained flat at $$18.53 during mid-day trading on Friday. The company had a trading volume of 1,156,009 shares, compared to its average volume of 737,434. The company has a market capitalization of $36,753.57, a price-to-earnings ratio of 10.24, a PEG ratio of 5.16 and a beta of 0.99. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.50, a quick ratio of 0.81 and a current ratio of 0.83. BT Group has a 12 month low of $16.15 and a 12 month high of $24.65.

The firm also recently declared a None dividend, which will be paid on Monday, February 12th. Shareholders of record on Friday, December 29th will be given a dividend of $0.297 per share. This represents a yield of 3.84%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, December 28th. BT Group’s dividend payout ratio is presently 91.35%.

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