BHP Billiton plc (LON:BLT) shares were down 0% on Tuesday . The stock traded as low as GBX 1,342.27 ($18.07) and last traded at GBX 1,345 ($18.10). Approximately 7,785,913 shares changed hands during mid-day trading, a decline of 2% from the average daily volume of 7,980,000 shares. The stock had previously closed at GBX 1,345 ($18.10).

Several research firms have recently commented on BLT. Jefferies Group raised their price target on BHP Billiton from GBX 1,350 ($18.17) to GBX 1,450 ($19.52) and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a research report on Wednesday, August 23rd. J P Morgan Chase & Co restated an “underweight” rating and set a GBX 1,235 ($16.62) price target on shares of BHP Billiton in a research report on Thursday, October 19th. Credit Suisse Group restated a “neutral” rating and set a GBX 1,430 ($19.25) price target on shares of BHP Billiton in a research report on Wednesday, November 15th. Barclays restated an “equal weight” rating and set a GBX 1,375 ($18.51) price target on shares of BHP Billiton in a research report on Wednesday, November 29th. Finally, Morgan Stanley raised their price target on BHP Billiton from GBX 1,050 ($14.13) to GBX 1,410 ($18.98) and gave the stock an “overweight” rating in a research report on Tuesday, August 22nd. Six investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, ten have issued a hold rating and six have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. BHP Billiton currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average target price of GBX 1,367 ($18.40).

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About BHP Billiton

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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