Press coverage about BP (LON:BP) has trended somewhat negative on Sunday, according to InfoTrie. The research group identifies negative and positive media coverage by analyzing more than six thousand blog and news sources. The firm ranks coverage of companies on a scale of -5 to 5, with scores nearest to five being the most favorable. BP earned a daily sentiment score of -1.00 on their scale. InfoTrie also assigned news headlines about the oil and gas exploration company an news buzz score of 8 out of 10, meaning that recent media coverage is very likely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the near future.
These are some of the media headlines that may have impacted BP’s analysis:
- Keeping blood pressure in normal range – Sampson Independent (clintonnc.com)
- BP, Socar, Uzbekneftegaz sign Uzbekistan exploration agreement – S&P Global Platts (spglobal.com)
- Air BP joins the ‘Perfect Flight’ club – WebWire (webwire.com)
- Does Bp. Schneider’s call for Pope to ‘correct’ Abu Dhabi statement lend weight to heresy accusations? – Lifesite (lifesitenews.com)
- Therring’s homer lifts Hayfield over BP – Austin Daily Herald – Austin Herald (austindailyherald.com)
Several equities analysts recently issued reports on BP shares. Barclays reissued an “overweight” rating and set a GBX 700 ($9.15) price objective on shares of BP in a research note on Tuesday, January 22nd. Deutsche Bank reaffirmed a “buy” rating and set a GBX 590 ($7.71) price target on shares of BP in a research note on Tuesday, January 22nd. Credit Suisse Group cut their price target on shares of BP from GBX 650 ($8.49) to GBX 640 ($8.36) and set an “outperform” rating on the stock in a research note on Wednesday, January 23rd. HSBC set a GBX 630 ($8.23) price target on shares of BP and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research note on Friday, January 25th. Finally, Royal Bank of Canada reaffirmed a “top pick” rating and set a GBX 625 ($8.17) price target on shares of BP in a research note on Friday, February 1st. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a hold rating, sixteen have given a buy rating and one has given a strong buy rating to the company. The company currently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of GBX 650.88 ($8.50).
The firm also recently announced a dividend, which will be paid on Friday, June 21st. Stockholders of record on Thursday, May 9th will be paid a $0.10 dividend. This represents a dividend yield of 1.43%. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, May 9th. BP’s dividend payout ratio is presently 0.64%.
In other BP news, insider Brian Gilvary bought 58 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Friday, May 10th. The shares were acquired at an average price of GBX 526 ($6.87) per share, with a total value of £305.08 ($398.64).
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BP p.l.c. engages in energy business worldwide. It operates through three segments: Upstream, Downstream, and Rosneft. The Upstream segment is involved in the oil and natural gas exploration, field development, and production; midstream transportation, storage, and processing; and marketing and trading of liquefied natural gas (LNG), biogas, power and natural gas liquids (NGLs).
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