BT Group (BT) Receiving Somewhat Positive Press Coverage, Report Finds

Media coverage about BT Group (NYSE:BT) has trended somewhat positive recently, InfoTrie reports. InfoTrie identifies positive and negative media coverage by reviewing more than 6,000 news and blog sources in real-time. The firm ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative five to positive five, with scores nearest to five being the most favorable. BT Group earned a media sentiment score of 0.97 on their scale. InfoTrie also gave news articles about the utilities provider an news buzz score of 10 out of 10, meaning that recent media coverage is extremely likely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the next few days.

These are some of the news headlines that may have impacted BT Group’s analysis:

NYSE BT opened at $16.37 on Tuesday. The company has a current ratio of 0.82, a quick ratio of 0.80 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.16. The company has a market cap of $33.16 billion, a P/E ratio of 8.85, a PEG ratio of 10.04 and a beta of 0.67. BT Group has a 1 year low of $13.53 and a 1 year high of $18.97.

The company also recently declared a semiannual dividend, which will be paid on Monday, February 11th. Investors of record on Friday, December 28th will be given a dividend of $0.295 per share. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, December 27th. This represents a dividend yield of 3.44%. BT Group’s dividend payout ratio is 70.81%.

BT has been the topic of a number of analyst reports. JPMorgan Chase & Co. upgraded shares of BT Group from a “neutral” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Thursday, November 1st. ValuEngine upgraded shares of BT Group from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Thursday, November 1st. Goldman Sachs Group upgraded shares of BT Group from a “neutral” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Monday. Finally, Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of BT Group from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $19.00 target price on the stock in a research report on Monday, November 12th. Six equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and six have issued a buy rating to the stock. BT Group has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $19.00.

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BT Group Company Profile

BT Group plc provides communications services worldwide. Its Consumer segment sells telephones, baby monitors, and Wi-Fi extenders through high street retailers, online BT Shop, and Website BT.com; and offers home phone, copper and fiber broadband, TV, and mobile services in various packages. The company's EE segment offers 2G, 3G, and 4G mobile network services; broadband, fixed-voice, and TV services; and postpaid and prepaid plans, and emergency services network.

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