Media coverage about BHP Billiton (NYSE:BHP) has trended somewhat positive on Thursday, Accern Sentiment reports. The research group identifies positive and negative media coverage by reviewing 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. BHP Billiton earned a daily sentiment score of 0.15 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news stories about the mining company an impact score of 45.7783107432469 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the immediate future.

These are some of the news stories that may have effected Accern’s scoring:

BHP Billiton (NYSE:BHP) traded up $0.80 during midday trading on Thursday, reaching $49.67. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 4,186,479 shares, compared to its average volume of 2,030,000. The stock has a market cap of $125,540.00, a PE ratio of 22.48, a PEG ratio of 3.33 and a beta of 1.14. BHP Billiton has a 52-week low of $33.37 and a 52-week high of $49.81. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.47, a quick ratio of 1.53 and a current ratio of 1.85.

A number of brokerages have recently issued reports on BHP. Zacks Investment Research cut BHP Billiton from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Tuesday, December 12th. JPMorgan Chase & Co. upgraded BHP Billiton from an “underweight” rating to a “neutral” rating in a report on Thursday, December 14th. Cowen boosted their target price on BHP Billiton from $45.00 to $52.00 and gave the stock a “market perform” rating in a report on Wednesday. Finally, ValuEngine cut BHP Billiton from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Friday, September 22nd. Five investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, seven have given a hold rating, seven have assigned a buy rating and one has given a strong buy rating to the company. BHP Billiton has an average rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $38.66.

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BHP Billiton Company 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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