Media stories about BT Group (NYSE:BT) have been trending positive recently, Accern Sentiment reports. The research group identifies positive and negative media coverage by reviewing more than 20 million news and blog sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. BT Group earned a media sentiment score of 0.28 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news headlines about the utilities provider an impact score of 45.0941255516373 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the near future.

Here are some of the headlines that may have effected Accern Sentiment’s analysis:

A number of equities analysts recently issued reports on the stock. Zacks Investment Research cut shares of BT Group from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Friday, September 29th. Numis Securities reiterated a “buy” rating and issued a GBX 390 ($5.25) price target on shares of BT Group in a research note on Sunday, September 24th. Deutsche Bank reiterated a “sell” rating and issued a GBX 265 ($3.57) price target on shares of BT Group in a research note on Wednesday, November 1st. Jefferies Group reissued a “hold” rating and issued a GBX 280 ($3.77) target price on shares of BT Group in a research report on Wednesday, September 13th. Finally, UBS Group raised BT Group from a “neutral” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Wednesday, December 13th. Three research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, eleven have given a hold rating and eight have assigned a buy rating to the company. The stock has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $317.18.

Shares of BT Group (NYSE BT) remained flat at $$18.26 during trading hours on Friday. The stock had a trading volume of 414,868 shares, compared to its average volume of 817,304. BT Group has a twelve month low of $16.15 and a twelve month high of $24.65. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.46, a quick ratio of 0.81 and a current ratio of 0.77. The firm has a market cap of $36,320.00, a PE ratio of 17.39 and a beta of 0.93.

The firm also recently declared a None dividend, which will be paid on Monday, February 12th. Stockholders of record on Friday, December 29th will be given a dividend of $0.297 per share. This represents a dividend yield of 3.84%. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, December 28th. BT Group’s payout ratio is currently 90.48%.

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