BT Group PLC (BT) Earns Coverage Optimism Score of 0.11

News stories about BT Group PLC (NYSE:BT) have trended somewhat positive recently, Accern Sentiment reports. The research group rates the sentiment of news coverage by reviewing more than 20 million blog and news sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. BT Group PLC earned a coverage optimism score of 0.11 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave headlines about the utilities provider an impact score of 45.7759880952728 out of 100, meaning that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the next several days.

These are some of the news headlines that may have impacted Accern Sentiment Analysis’s scoring:

Several research firms have recently weighed in on BT. Numis Securities Ltd began coverage on shares of BT Group PLC in a research note on Thursday, July 13th. They set a “buy” rating and a GBX 390 ($5.15) price objective on the stock. J P Morgan Chase & Co reaffirmed a “neutral” rating and set a GBX 290 ($3.83) target price on shares of BT Group PLC in a report on Wednesday, July 12th. Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. (The) reaffirmed a “neutral” rating and set a GBX 340 ($4.49) target price on shares of BT Group PLC in a report on Monday, July 17th. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of BT Group PLC from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Wednesday, August 16th. Finally, Deutsche Bank AG reaffirmed a “sell” rating and set a GBX 265 ($3.50) target price on shares of BT Group PLC in a report on Wednesday, August 9th. Three investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, thirteen have assigned a hold rating and six have issued a buy rating to the company. The company has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $318.94.

BT Group PLC (BT) opened at $16.51 on Friday. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.50, a current ratio of 0.83 and a quick ratio of 0.81. BT Group PLC has a 12-month low of $16.44 and a 12-month high of $24.65. The stock has a market cap of $32,746.97, a P/E ratio of 9.12, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 4.01 and a beta of 0.98.

The company also recently disclosed a None dividend, which will be paid on Monday, February 12th. Stockholders of record on Friday, December 29th will be paid a $0.297 dividend. This represents a dividend yield of 3.84%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, December 28th. BT Group PLC’s dividend payout ratio is currently 91.35%.

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