BHP Billiton (BHP) Upgraded to "Buy" at Zacks Investment Research

BHP Billiton had 8 analyst reports since August 23, 2016 according to SRatingsIntel. On Thursday, August 31 the stock rating was maintained by Jefferies with "Hold". Jefferies has "Hold" rating and $3200 target. Macquarie reiterated an outperform rating and issued a GBX 1,530 ($19.06) target price on shares of BHP Billiton plc in a research note on Monday, December 5th. The firm has "Market Perform" rating by Cowen & Co given on Thursday, October 29. Five research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, seven have assigned a hold rating, seven have given a buy rating and one has given a strong buy rating to the company. Jefferies maintained BHP Billiton plc (NYSE:BBL) rating on Wednesday, August 23. Jefferies has "Buy" rating and $20 target. As per Wednesday, July 22, the company rating was maintained by Canaccord Genuity.

Salient Trust Company Lta decreased its stake in Procter And Gamble Co (PG) by 3.06% based on its latest 2017Q3 regulatory filing with the SEC. Eagle Asset Management Inc. increased its position in shares of BHP Billiton by 11.4% during the second quarter. The institutional investor held 251,140 shares of the package goods and cosmetics company at the end of 2017Q3, valued at $22.85M, down from 259,059 at the end of the previous reported quarter. About 25.89M shares traded or 35.77% up from the average. QEP Resources, Inc. (NYSE:QEP) has declined 34.57% since January 13, 2017 and is downtrending. It has underperformed by 17.33% the S&P500. On Wednesday, January 27 the stock rating was upgraded by Goldman Sachs to "Buy". Therefore 83% are positive. CareDx had 9 analyst reports since September 25, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. The rating was maintained by Nomura on Thursday, September 28 with "Buy". Jefferies maintained the shares of HOME in report on Wednesday, June 7 with "Buy" rating.

Among 6 analysts covering At Home Group Inc (NYSE:HOME), 5 have Buy rating, 0 Sell and 1 Hold. Morgan Stanley has "Equal Weight" rating and $78 target. The rating was initiated by Argus Research on Wednesday, March 9 with "Hold". The brokerage now has a neutral rating on the mining company's stock.

A number of other research firms have also recently commented on BHP. Griffin Asset Management Inc. bought a new stake in shares of BHP Billiton during the 3rd quarter valued at $383,000. Pepsico Inc Com (NYSE:PEP) was raised too.

Investors sentiment decreased to 0.82 in 2017 Q3. Its down 0.07, from 1.3 in 2017Q2. It turned negative, as 40 investors sold CF shares while 147 reduced holdings. 70 funds opened positions while 224 raised stakes. Bank Of New York Mellon Corp owns 16,557 shares or 0% of their USA portfolio. 320.54 million shares or 0.16% more from 320.02 million shares in 2017Q2 were reported. 13,113 are held by Northwestern Mutual Wealth Company. 72,955 were accumulated by Girard Ptnrs. (NYSE:CF). Brown Advisory Incorporated has 0% invested in CF Industries Holdings, Inc. Caymus Limited Partnership invested in 6.65% or 6.17M shares. Mckinley Mgmt Limited Liability Com Delaware holds 349,787 shares or 1.37% of its portfolio. Finally, Financial Counselors Inc. increased its position in shares of BHP Billiton by 5.2% during the second quarter. Wells Fargo upgraded the stock to "Outperform" rating in Friday, February 10 report. Assetmark Inc, California-based fund reported 150 shares. Daily Journal Corp reported 56.91% stake. Haverford Tru Communication holds 0.01% or 2,653 shares.

The stock increased 2.33% or $1.03 during the last trading session, reaching $45.28. The company had a trading volume of 3,852,058 shares, compared to its average volume of 2,080,000. BHP Billiton plc (NYSE:BBL) has risen 31.15% since January 12, 2017 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 17.62% the S&P500.

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