BT Group (BT) Given Daily Coverage Optimism Score of -3.00

News headlines about BT Group (NYSE:BT) have trended very negative on Saturday, InfoTrie Sentiment reports. InfoTrie ranks the sentiment of press coverage by analyzing more than 6,000 news and blog sources in real time. The firm ranks coverage of companies on a scale of -5 to 5, with scores closest to five being the most favorable. BT Group earned a news impact score of -3.00 on their scale. InfoTrie also assigned news stories about the utilities provider an news buzz score of 1 out of 10, indicating that recent press coverage is extremely unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the next several days.

Here are some of the headlines that may have impacted BT Group’s score:

BT Group stock opened at $16.18 on Friday. BT Group has a twelve month low of $13.53 and a twelve month high of $18.97. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.16, a quick ratio of 0.80 and a current ratio of 0.82. The stock has a market capitalization of $32.60 billion, a PE ratio of 8.75, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 9.87 and a beta of 0.68.

The firm also recently announced a semiannual dividend, which will be paid on Monday, February 11th. Stockholders of record on Friday, December 28th will be issued a $0.295 dividend. 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 presently 70.81%.

A number of research firms have recently weighed in on BT. Goldman Sachs Group downgraded shares of BT Group from a “buy” rating to a “neutral” rating in a report on Tuesday. 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 report on Monday, November 12th. ValuEngine upgraded shares of BT Group from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Thursday, November 1st. Finally, JPMorgan Chase & Co. upgraded shares of BT Group from a “neutral” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Thursday, November 1st. Seven investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and five have given a buy rating to the company. The stock presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” 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; 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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