News stories about BHP Billiton (NYSE:BBL) have trended somewhat positive on Sunday, Accern Sentiment reports. Accern identifies negative and positive press coverage by monitoring more than twenty million news and blog sources. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. BHP Billiton earned a news impact score of 0.21 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news headlines about the mining company an impact score of 46.4594884605162 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the next few days.

A number of equities analysts have recently weighed in on the company. ValuEngine lowered BHP Billiton from a “strong-buy” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Thursday, August 24th. Jefferies Group set a $37.00 price target on BHP Billiton and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research note on Wednesday, August 23rd. BidaskClub raised BHP Billiton from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Saturday, August 26th. Finally, Zacks Investment Research raised BHP Billiton from a “hold” rating to a “strong-buy” rating and set a $42.00 price target for the company in a research note on Thursday, October 12th. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, two have issued a hold rating, three have issued a buy rating and one has assigned a strong buy rating to the company. BHP Billiton has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $40.00.

Shares of BHP Billiton (NYSE:BBL) traded up $0.15 during trading on Friday, reaching $35.96. The company had a trading volume of 949,571 shares, compared to its average volume of 1,170,000. BHP Billiton has a 52 week low of $28.73 and a 52 week high of $39.12. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.47, a current ratio of 1.85 and a quick ratio of 1.53.

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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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