Were Analysts Bearish BHP Billiton plc (LON:BLT) This Week?

Galtero Lara
Abril 16, 2018

About 142,224 shares traded. BHP Billiton plc (NYSE:BBL) has risen 28.11% since April 15, 2017 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 11.53% the S&P500.

Berson & Corrado Investment Advisors Llc decreased its stake in 21St Cent Fox Cl A (FOXA) by 41.94% based on its latest 2017Q4 regulatory filing with the SEC. At the end of 2017Q4, the hedge fund run by Kenneth Mario Garschina held 3.87 million shares of the coal mining company, priced at $156.13M, up from 2.81M at the end of the previous reported quarter. Evermay Wealth Management Llc who had been investing in Verizon Communications Inc for a number of months, seems to be bullish on the $196.74B market cap company. The stock increased 0.82% or $0.3 during the last trading session, reaching $36.79.

It also upped Twenty First Centy Fox Inc (NASDAQ:FOX) stake by 1.57M shares and now owns 2.00 million shares. Mastercard Incorporated (NYSE:MA) has risen 54.12% since April 15, 2017 and is uptrending. It also increased its holding in Ligand Pharmaceuticals Inc (Prn) by 2.50M shares in the quarter, for a total of 28.50M shares, and has risen its stake in Biomarin Pharmaceutical Inc (NASDAQ:BMRN). Credit Suisse Group reissued a "neutral" rating and set a GBX 1,430 ($20.21) target price on shares of BHP Billiton in a report on Thursday, February 15th. Therefore 65% are positive.

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Among 15 analysts covering BHP Billiton PLC (LON:BLT), 5 have Buy rating, 1 Sell and 9 Hold. Investec upgraded the stock to "Buy" rating in Friday, March 17 report.

TRADEMARK VIOLATION NOTICE: "BHP Billiton (LON:BLT) Rating Reiterated by Morgan Stanley" was originally published by Week Herald and is the property of of Week Herald. BHP Billiton has an average rating of "Hold" and an average price target of $39.37. Jefferies downgraded BHP Billiton plc (NYSE:BBL) rating on Thursday, June 8. The company was maintained on Thursday, October 19 by Macquarie Research. Societe Generale raised shares of BHP Billiton from a "hold" rating to a "buy" rating in a research report on Friday, April 6th. (NASDAQ:EIGI) on Friday, August 25 to "Underperform" rating.

Investors sentiment increased to 1.29 in 2017 Q4. Its down 0.34, from 1.17 in 2017Q3. It is positive, as 46 investors sold MA shares while 492 reduced holdings. 118 funds opened positions while 411 raised stakes. About 3.73 million shares traded or 23.48% up from the average. Walleye Trading Limited Com holds 192,011 shares or 0.16% of its portfolio. Telemus Capital Ltd Llc owns 26,123 shares for 0.21% of their portfolio. Nuance Investments Llc sold 678,480 shares as Globus Med Inc (GMED)'s stock rose 22.30%. Palo Alto Invsts Ltd Company stated it has 1.38% in Celgene Corporation (NASDAQ:CELG). New England Rech Mngmt invested in 1,540 shares or 0.19% of the stock. Johnson Inv Counsel holds 143,660 shares or 0.19% of its portfolio. The Illinois-based Thomas White Intll Ltd has invested 0.13% in Celgene Corporation (NASDAQ:CELG). X Management Co invested in 198,926 shares or 0.24% of the stock. Arvest Bankshares Tru Division reported 0.8% in Celgene Corporation (NASDAQ:CELG). Pinebridge Invs Lp owns 1.4% invested in Facebook, Inc. (NYSE:VZ), 10 have Buy rating, 0 Sell and 19 Hold. 7 are the (NYSE:BHP)'s analyst reports since January 9, 2018 according to StockzIntelligence Inc. The rating was maintained by UBS with "Buy" on Thursday, July 27. Cowen & Co maintained it with "Outperform" rating and $150 target in Wednesday, August 12 report. The firm earned "Buy" rating on Wednesday, September 27 by Needham. The rating was maintained by Jefferies on Monday, July 10 with "Hold". As per Tuesday, January 16, the company rating was upgraded by B. Riley & Co. The firm has "Overweight" rating given on Wednesday, January 13 by Morgan Stanley. The company has a current ratio of 1.75, a quick ratio of 1.40 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.41.

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