Headlines about BHP Billiton (NYSE:BHP) have been trending somewhat positive recently, Accern Sentiment reports. The research group scores the sentiment of press coverage by analyzing more than 20 million blog and news sources. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. BHP Billiton earned a daily sentiment score of 0.15 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave headlines about the mining company an impact score of 47.1041713963795 out of 100, meaning that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the next few days.

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

Shares of BHP Billiton (BHP) traded down $0.21 during mid-day trading on Tuesday, hitting $49.44. 2,086,300 shares of the company were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 2,662,443. The company has a quick ratio of 1.53, a current ratio of 1.85 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.47. The firm has a market capitalization of $123,830.00, a PE ratio of 22.37, a P/E/G ratio of 3.07 and a beta of 1.14. BHP Billiton has a 52-week low of $33.37 and a 52-week high of $50.79.

A number of equities analysts have commented on BHP shares. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of BHP Billiton from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $48.00 target price on the stock in a research note on Wednesday, October 18th. Cowen lifted their target price on shares of BHP Billiton from $45.00 to $52.00 and gave the stock a “market perform” rating in a research note on Wednesday, January 10th. JPMorgan Chase & Co. raised shares of BHP Billiton from an “underweight” rating to a “neutral” rating in a research note on Thursday, December 14th. Finally, Sanford C. Bernstein downgraded shares of BHP Billiton from an “outperform” rating to a “market perform” rating and reduced their target price for the stock from $49.55 to $47.00 in a research note on Monday. Five research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, eight have given a hold rating, five have assigned a buy rating and one has assigned a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $38.97.

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About BHP Billiton

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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