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

Media coverage about BT Group (NYSE:BT) has been trending somewhat positive this week, InfoTrie Sentiment reports. The research group ranks the sentiment of news coverage by monitoring more than 6,000 blog and news sources in real-time. The firm ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative five to positive five, with scores closest to five being the most favorable. BT Group earned a coverage optimism score of 1.00 on their scale. InfoTrie also assigned news stories about the utilities provider an news buzz score of 2 out of 10, indicating that recent news coverage is very unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the next several days.

These are some of the news headlines that may have effected BT Group’s score:

A number of equities analysts have commented on the stock. Royal Bank of Canada downgraded shares of BT Group from an “outperform” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Wednesday, July 25th. ValuEngine upgraded shares of BT Group from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Thursday, November 1st. JPMorgan Chase & Co. upgraded shares of BT Group from a “neutral” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Thursday, November 1st. Finally, Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of BT Group from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Tuesday, October 30th. Eight investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and four have assigned a buy rating to the company. The company presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $19.00.

Shares of BT traded up $0.13 during mid-day trading on Thursday, hitting $16.66. 685,300 shares of the company traded hands, compared to its average volume of 1,029,459. BT Group has a 1-year low of $13.53 and a 1-year high of $18.97. The company has a quick ratio of 0.80, a current ratio of 0.82 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.16. The company has a market cap of $32.64 billion, a P/E ratio of 9.01, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 9.88 and a beta of 0.65.

The business also recently disclosed a semiannual dividend, which will be paid on Monday, February 11th. Stockholders of record on Friday, December 28th will be issued a dividend of $0.295 per share. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, December 27th. This represents a dividend yield of 3.44%. BT Group’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is currently 70.81%.

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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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