Media stories about BT Group (NYSE:BT) have trended somewhat positive recently, according to Accern Sentiment. The research firm ranks the sentiment of press coverage by reviewing more than 20 million news and blog 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 earned a media sentiment score of 0.23 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave headlines about the utilities provider an impact score of 44.3128007463908 out of 100, meaning that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the near future.

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

A number of analysts have recently commented on the company. Zacks Investment Research raised BT Group from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Wednesday, August 16th. Deutsche Bank reaffirmed a “sell” rating and issued a GBX 265 ($3.57) price target on shares of BT Group in a research note on Wednesday, August 9th. Barclays reissued an “overweight” rating and set a GBX 450 ($6.06) target price on shares of BT Group in a research note on Wednesday, August 9th. Macquarie reissued an “outperform” rating and set a GBX 355 ($4.78) target price on shares of BT Group in a research note on Tuesday, September 12th. Finally, BidaskClub cut BT Group from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Friday, August 18th. Three research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, twelve have given a hold rating and seven have issued a buy rating to the company. The stock has an average rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $317.18.

BT Group (NYSE BT) traded down $0.01 during midday trading on Monday, hitting $17.48. The stock had a trading volume of 644,319 shares, compared to its average volume of 742,737. The firm has a market cap of $34,330.00, a P/E ratio of 9.66, a PEG ratio of 4.88 and a beta of 0.93. The company has a current ratio of 0.83, a quick ratio of 0.81 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.50. BT Group has a 12 month low of $16.15 and a 12 month high of $24.65.

The business also recently disclosed a None dividend, which will be paid on Monday, February 12th. Stockholders of record on Friday, December 29th will be issued a $0.297 dividend. This represents a dividend yield of 3.84%. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, December 28th. BT Group’s payout ratio is presently 90.48%.

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