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BHP Billiton plc (NYSE:BBL) declared a semiannual dividend on Wednesday, August 20th, American Banking & Market News reports. Stockholders of record on Friday, September 5th will be given a dividend of 1.24 per share on Tuesday, September 23rd. This represents a yield of 3.57%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Wednesday, September 3rd.

BBL has been the subject of a number of recent research reports. Analysts at Citigroup Inc. downgraded shares of BHP Billiton plc from a “buy” rating to a “neutral” rating in a research note on Tuesday. On a related note, analysts at Zacks upgraded shares of BHP Billiton plc from an “underperform” rating to a “neutral” rating in a research note on Monday. They now have a $70.20 price target on the stock. Finally, analysts at Canaccord Genuity reiterated a “hold” rating on shares of BHP Billiton plc in a research note on Monday, June 2nd. Four equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and four have assigned a buy rating to the company. BHP Billiton plc currently has an average rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $70.20.

Shares of BHP Billiton plc (NYSE:BBL) traded up 1.23% during mid-day trading on Wednesday, hitting $66.02. 723,069 shares of the company’s stock traded hands. BHP Billiton plc has a 52 week low of $56.24 and a 52 week high of $71.44. The stock’s 50-day moving average is $68.47 and its 200-day moving average is $64.. The company has a market cap of $175.6 billion and a P/E ratio of 11.68.

BHP Billiton plc is diversified natural resources company. The Company generally operates through customer sector groups (NYSE:BBL).

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