BHP Billiton plc 39.4% Potential Decrease Indicated by Liberum Capital

Posted July 20, 2017

This represents an increase of approximately 195% compared to the typical volume of 43 call options. Institutional investors own 2.99% of the company's stock. The Driehaus Capital Management Llc holds 159,480 shares with $3.56 million value, down from 263,568 last quarter. Narwhal Capital Management now owns 30,190 shares of the mining company's stock worth $1,074,000 after buying an additional 1,000 shares during the last quarter. Integrated Investment Consultants LLC raised its position in BHP Billiton PLC by 36.5% in the first quarter. CENTRAL TRUST Co raised its stake in BHP Billiton Limited by 1.5% in the second quarter. JPMorgan Chase & Co. now owns 151,220 shares of the mining company's stock worth $4,711,000 after buying an additional 151,000 shares during the period. First Financial Corp IN now owns 10,887 shares of the mining company's stock worth $387,000 after buying an additional 387 shares during the period.

A number of analysts have issued reports on the company.

Among 24 analysts covering BHP Billiton Limited (ADR) (NYSE:BHP), 10 have Buy rating, 3 Sell and 11 Hold. BidaskClub raised BHP Billiton Limited from a sell rating to a hold rating in a research report on Friday, June 30th. Goldman Sachs downgraded it to "Neutral" rating and $50 target in Friday, September 16 report. The firm has "Neutral" rating given on Wednesday, December 7 by Credit Suisse. The stock of BHP Billiton Limited (ADR) (NYSE:BHP) earned "Sell" rating by Liberum Capital on Wednesday, July 22. Citigroup Inc. restated a "buy" rating on shares of BHP Billiton plc in a research note on Tuesday, April 11th.

BHP Billiton plc has a 50 day moving average of 1,215.39 GBX and a 200 Day Moving Average share price is recorded at 1,296.18. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. The company has market cap of 75.84 billion GBP. BHP Billiton has $33 highest and $3200 lowest target.

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"If BHP collapses the DLC [dual listed company], exits from U.S. shale or spins out the entire petroleum division, makes further divestment of non-core assets and/or revamps the capital allocation framework then the market is likely to positively react".

BHP's iron ore output rose eight per cent in the June quarter, taking annual production to 231 million tonnes, up four per cent on the prior year. Whilst the company expects a turnaround in its key copper unit (driven by Escondida), the weaker outlook for the US Onshore division (absent additional capital) in FY18 will likely be a focus of investor push-back. The Petroleum segment is engaged in the exploration, development and production of oil and gas.