M&T Bank Corp boosted its position in BHP Billiton plc (NYSE:BBL) by 4.0% during the 4th quarter, according to the company in its most recent filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The fund owned 76,119 shares of the mining company’s stock after purchasing an additional 2,925 shares during the quarter. M&T Bank Corp’s holdings in BHP Billiton were worth $3,068,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

Other large investors have also recently modified their holdings of the company. HighTower Advisors LLC lifted its position in BHP Billiton by 2.9% in the 2nd quarter. HighTower Advisors LLC now owns 9,758 shares of the mining company’s stock valued at $300,000 after purchasing an additional 275 shares during the last quarter. Griffin Asset Management Inc. acquired a new position in BHP Billiton during the 3rd quarter valued at about $383,000. Janus Henderson Group PLC increased its stake in BHP Billiton by 20.3% during the 2nd quarter. Janus Henderson Group PLC now owns 155,214 shares of the mining company’s stock valued at $4,774,000 after buying an additional 26,200 shares during the period. Aperio Group LLC increased its stake in BHP Billiton by 20.3% during the 3rd quarter. Aperio Group LLC now owns 20,345 shares of the mining company’s stock valued at $721,000 after buying an additional 3,431 shares during the period. Finally, Boothbay Fund Management LLC increased its stake in BHP Billiton by 314.5% during the 3rd quarter. Boothbay Fund Management LLC now owns 33,159 shares of the mining company’s stock valued at $1,175,000 after buying an additional 25,159 shares during the period. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 4.41% of the company’s stock.

Several equities analysts have commented on the stock. Zacks Investment Research cut shares of BHP Billiton from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Friday, February 2nd. Jefferies Group reissued a “hold” rating and set a $40.00 target price on shares of BHP Billiton in a research note on Monday, January 8th. Three investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and three have issued a buy rating to the company. BHP Billiton presently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $45.00.

BHP Billiton plc (BBL) opened at $44.63 on Thursday. 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 plc has a 52 week low of $28.73 and a 52 week high of $45.30.

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BHP Billiton 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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