News articles about BHP Billiton PLC (NYSE:BBL) have trended somewhat positive on Thursday, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. The research group ranks the sentiment of media coverage by analyzing more than twenty million blog and news sources. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. BHP Billiton PLC earned a coverage optimism score of 0.19 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media headlines about the mining company an impact score of 46.5838258240876 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the next several days.

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

BHP Billiton PLC (BBL) traded down 1.73% during midday trading on Thursday, hitting $36.88. The stock had a trading volume of 1,892,786 shares. The firm has a market capitalization of $98.17 billion, a P/E ratio of 16.70 and a beta of 1.04. BHP Billiton PLC has a 52-week low of $25.97 and a 52-week high of $39.12. The firm has a 50-day moving average of $36.61 and a 200 day moving average of $32.77.

The firm also recently announced a None dividend, which will be paid on Tuesday, September 26th. Investors of record on Friday, September 8th will be given a dividend of $0.86 per share. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, September 7th. This is an increase from BHP Billiton PLC’s previous None dividend of $0.28. This represents a yield of 4.73%.

Several equities analysts have recently weighed in on the company. Zacks Investment Research raised BHP Billiton PLC from a “strong sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Tuesday, August 8th. Jefferies Group LLC set a $34.00 price target on BHP Billiton PLC and gave the company a “hold” rating in a report on Thursday, August 17th. BidaskClub raised BHP Billiton PLC from a “strong sell” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Friday, June 30th. ValuEngine cut BHP Billiton PLC from a “strong-buy” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Thursday, August 24th. Finally, Citigroup Inc. reissued a “buy” rating on shares of BHP Billiton PLC in a report on Monday, May 29th. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, four have issued a hold rating and four have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company presently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $36.00.

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About BHP Billiton PLC

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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