Media coverage about BHP Billiton (NYSE:BBL) has trended somewhat positive on Tuesday, Accern reports. The research firm rates the sentiment of news coverage by analyzing more than 20 million news and blog sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. BHP Billiton earned a media sentiment score of 0.23 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned media headlines about the mining company an impact score of 45.6098902139085 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the near term.

These are some of the news stories that may have impacted Accern’s scoring:

A number of research analysts recently commented on BBL shares. Jefferies Group set a $38.00 price objective on BHP Billiton and gave the company a “hold” rating in a report on Thursday, October 5th. Zacks Investment Research cut BHP Billiton from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Tuesday, December 12th. Two analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and four have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. BHP Billiton presently has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $45.00.

BHP Billiton (BBL) opened at $44.80 on Tuesday. The company has a quick ratio of 1.53, a current ratio of 1.85 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.47. BHP Billiton has a 12 month low of $28.73 and a 12 month high of $45.30.

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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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