Media headlines about BHP Billiton (NYSE:BBL) have been trending somewhat positive recently, according to Accern Sentiment. Accern scores the sentiment of press coverage by analyzing more than twenty 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. BHP Billiton earned a media sentiment score of 0.21 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news stories about the mining company an impact score of 44.8308638385478 out of 100, meaning that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the next few days.

Here are some of the media headlines that may have impacted Accern Sentiment Analysis’s rankings:

A number of equities research analysts have recently issued reports on the stock. Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of BHP Billiton from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Friday, February 2nd. Jefferies Group reissued a “hold” rating and issued a $40.00 price target on shares of BHP Billiton in a report on Monday, January 8th. Three equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and three have issued a buy rating to the stock. The stock presently has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $45.00.

Shares of BHP Billiton (NYSE:BBL) traded up $0.71 during trading on Tuesday, hitting $42.71. 1,788,900 shares of the stock were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 1,996,720. BHP Billiton has a 52-week low of $28.73 and a 52-week high of $45.30. The company has a current ratio of 1.85, a quick ratio of 1.53 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.47.

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BHP Billiton Company Profile

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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