News headlines about BT Group PLC (NYSE:BT) have trended somewhat positive on Monday, according to Accern Sentiment. Accern rates the sentiment of news coverage by analyzing more than 20 million blog and news sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. BT Group PLC earned a media sentiment score of 0.22 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned headlines about the utilities provider an impact score of 44.80151576643 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the next several days.

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

BT Group PLC (BT) traded up 0.52% during midday trading on Monday, hitting $19.51. The stock had a trading volume of 467,402 shares. The company has a market cap of $38.78 billion, a PE ratio of 18.41 and a beta of 1.05. The stock’s 50 day moving average price is $19.85 and its 200-day moving average price is $19.89. BT Group PLC has a 52 week low of $18.06 and a 52 week high of $26.76.

The firm also recently announced a semiannual dividend, which will be paid on Tuesday, September 12th. Investors of record on Friday, August 11th will be paid a $0.6804 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Wednesday, August 9th. This represents a yield of 6.86%. BT Group PLC’s payout ratio is currently 90.39%.

Several analysts have recently weighed in on the company. Barclays PLC restated an “overweight” rating and set a GBX 450 ($5.84) target price on shares of BT Group PLC in a research note on Wednesday, August 9th. BidaskClub upgraded BT Group PLC from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Monday, July 31st. J P Morgan Chase & Co reiterated a “neutral” rating and issued a GBX 290 ($3.76) price target on shares of BT Group PLC in a research note on Wednesday, July 12th. Deutsche Bank AG reiterated a “sell” rating and issued a GBX 265 ($3.44) price target on shares of BT Group PLC in a research note on Wednesday, August 9th. Finally, Macquarie lifted their price target on BT Group PLC from GBX 330 ($4.28) to GBX 340 ($4.41) and gave the stock an “outperform” rating in a research note on Monday, July 17th. Four equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, nine have assigned a hold rating and ten have assigned a buy rating to the company. The company has an average rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $339.33.

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