Somewhat Favorable Media Coverage Somewhat Unlikely to Impact BT Group (BT) Share Price

Media coverage about BT Group (NYSE:BT) has been trending somewhat positive on Saturday, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. Accern identifies negative and positive press coverage by monitoring more than twenty million news and blog sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. BT Group earned a news sentiment score of 0.19 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news headlines about the utilities provider an impact score of 44.8362488389292 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the next several days.

Here are some of the headlines that may have impacted Accern’s rankings:

Shares of BT Group (BT) traded up $0.49 on Friday, reaching $18.91. 967,576 shares of the company traded hands, compared to its average volume of 912,654. The stock has a market cap of $37,330.00, a price-to-earnings ratio of 17.84 and a beta of 0.93. BT Group has a 12-month low of $16.15 and a 12-month high of $24.49. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.46, a quick ratio of 0.75 and a current ratio of 0.77.

The business also recently disclosed a None dividend, which will be paid on Monday, February 12th. Investors of record on Friday, December 29th will be issued a $0.297 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, December 28th. This represents a yield of 3.84%. BT Group’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is currently 90.57%.

Several equities research analysts have issued reports on BT shares. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of BT Group from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $22.00 target price on the stock in a research note on Monday, October 2nd. Credit Suisse Group reduced their price target on BT Group from GBX 320 ($4.34) to GBX 280 ($3.80) and set a “neutral” rating on the stock in a report on Tuesday, November 7th. Deutsche Bank reiterated a “sell” rating and set a GBX 265 ($3.59) price target on shares of BT Group in a report on Thursday, October 26th. Beaufort Securities lowered BT Group to a “hold” rating and reduced their price target for the stock from GBX 340 ($4.61) to GBX 265 ($3.59) in a report on Friday, November 3rd. Finally, Jefferies Group reduced their price target on BT Group from GBX 280 ($3.80) to GBX 265 ($3.59) and set a “hold” rating on the stock in a report on Wednesday, October 25th. Three investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, ten have assigned a hold rating and nine have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. BT Group presently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $317.18.

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