Published: Sun, April 15, 2018
Finance | By Loren Pratt

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

The Cullen Frost Bankers Inc holds 49,838 shares with $58.28M value, up from 48,224 last quarter. Assetmark Inc who had been investing in Bhp Billiton Ltd Sponsored Adr for a number of months, seems to be bullish on the $123.52B market cap company. The stock increased 1.17% or $0.48 during the last trading session, reaching $41.62. About 3.06M shares traded. BHP Billiton plc (NYSE:BBL) has risen 28.11% since April 14, 2017 and is uptrending. The stock outperformed the S&P500 by 16.56%. Cqs Cayman Lp sold 50,488 shares as the company's stock declined 0.36% with the market. The institutional investor held 22,699 shares of the consumer services company at the end of 2017Q4, valued at $784,000, down from 39,099 at the end of the previous reported quarter. Marsico Capital Management Llc who had been investing in Mastercard Incorporated for a number of months, seems to be less bullish one the $183.22B market cap company. The stock increased 0.18% or $0.16 during the last trading session, reaching $89.9. About 3.73 million shares traded or 23.48% up from the average. Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ) has declined 3.72% since April 15, 2017 and is downtrending. It has underperformed by 17.26% the S&P500.

Autus Asset Management Llc, which manages about $447.84M and $548.20 million US Long portfolio, decreased its stake in Align Technology Inc (NASDAQ:ALGN) by 3,423 shares to 15,333 shares, valued at $3.41 million in 2017Q4, according to the filing. It also increased its holding in Liberty Broadband Corp by 11,234 shares in the quarter, for a total of 159,061 shares, and has risen its stake in Liberty Global Plc (NASDAQ:LBTYK).

Among 2 analysts covering BHP Billiton (NYSE:BBL), 1 have Buy rating, 0 Sell and 1 Hold. Therefore 34% are positive. BHP Billiton had 9 analyst reports since August 23, 2016 according to SRatingsIntel. Royal Bank of Canada raised BHP Billiton to a sector performer rating in a research note on Wednesday, April 4th. The firm has "Hold" rating given on Monday, April 9 by Jefferies. JPMorgan Chase upgraded BHP Billiton from an "underweight" rating to a "neutral" rating in a report on Thursday, December 14th.

Credit Suisse Group reissued their hold rating on shares of BHP Billiton Limited (NYSE:BHP) in a research report sent to investors on Thursday morning. On Friday, January 26 the stock rating was maintained by Piper Jaffray with "Buy". The firm earned "Hold" rating on Thursday, August 17 by Jefferies. Jefferies upgraded the stock to "Buy" rating in Tuesday, August 23 report. Needham maintained the shares of FOXA in report on Tuesday, October 24 with "Hold" rating.

Investors sentiment increased to 1.29 in 2017 Q4. The company has a current ratio of 1.75, a quick ratio of 1.40 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.41. It improved, as 57 investors sold FB shares while 621 reduced holdings.

Several hedge funds have recently added to or reduced their stakes in the company. Lansdowne Partners Uk Llp sold 2.49 million shares as the company's stock declined 14.10% with the market. Rosenbaum Jay D holds 0.38% or 2,000 shares in its portfolio. (NASDAQ:FB). 5,261 were reported by Regis Mgmt Ltd. Vestor Capital Limited Com holds 0.77% or 20,100 shares in its portfolio. South Dakota Inv Council accumulated 181,938 shares. Palo Alto Invsts Ltd Company stated it has 1.38% in Celgene Corporation (NASDAQ:CELG). Moors & Cabot Inc. bought a new position in shares of BHP Billiton during the fourth quarter valued at approximately $208,000. Finally, Hikari Power Ltd bought a new stake in shares of BHP Billiton in the 4th quarter worth $5,207,000. (NASDAQ:AMZN) or 2,285 shares. Kistler invested 0.31% of its portfolio in Celgene Corporation (NASDAQ:CELG). (NASDAQ:AMZN). 179 are held by Summit Fincl Wealth Advsr Limited Company. Robert W. Baird has "Buy" rating and $225.0 target. Therefore 93% are positive. Endurance International Group Holdings had 27 analyst reports since November 2, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel.

Among 55 analysts covering Facebook (NASDAQ:FB), 50 have Buy rating, 2 Sell and 3 Hold. The stock has "Outperform" rating by FBR Capital on Wednesday, October 21. (NYSE:VZ) has "Hold" rating given on Friday, July 7 by RBC Capital Markets. The firm has "Underperform" rating by Raymond James given on Friday, September 1. The rating was maintained by Bank of America with "Buy" on Monday, August 10. (NASDAQ:EIGI). Voya Investment Llc holds 0% or 27,774 shares.

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