BT Group PLC (NYSE:BT) Earning Somewhat Favorable Press Coverage, Accern Reports

News articles about BT Group PLC (NYSE:BT) have been trending somewhat positive this week, Accern Sentiment reports. The research firm identifies negative and positive news coverage by reviewing more than twenty million blog and news sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. BT Group PLC earned a media sentiment score of 0.16 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media coverage about the utilities provider an impact score of 45.1684175225481 out of 100, meaning that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the near term.

Here are some of the headlines that may have effected Accern Sentiment’s analysis:

A number of equities analysts recently weighed in on the company. Deutsche Bank AG reissued a “sell” rating and issued a GBX 265 ($3.44) price target on shares of BT Group PLC in a research note on Wednesday, August 2nd. Numis Securities Ltd restated a “buy” rating and set a GBX 390 ($5.06) price objective on shares of BT Group PLC in a research report on Monday, August 7th. BidaskClub upgraded BT Group PLC from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Monday, July 31st. Barclays PLC restated an “overweight” rating and set a GBX 450 ($5.84) price objective on shares of BT Group PLC in a research report on Tuesday, August 1st. Finally, Zacks Investment Research lowered BT Group PLC from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Tuesday, August 1st. Three research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, eleven have assigned a hold rating and nine have assigned a buy rating to the company. BT Group PLC presently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $339.33.

Shares of BT Group PLC (BT) traded up 0.16% on Friday, hitting $19.07. The company had a trading volume of 597,526 shares. BT Group PLC has a 12-month low of $18.06 and a 12-month high of $26.76. The firm has a market capitalization of $37.90 billion, a P/E ratio of 18.25 and a beta of 1.05. The firm has a 50 day moving average of $19.87 and a 200-day moving average of $19.88.

The firm also recently disclosed a semiannual dividend, which will be paid on Tuesday, September 12th. Stockholders of record on Friday, August 11th will be given a $0.6804 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Wednesday, August 9th. This represents a dividend yield of 6.86%. BT Group PLC’s payout ratio is 90.39%.

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