Citigroup Downgrades BHP Billiton (BHP)

Citigroup Downgrades BHP Billiton (BHP)


Citigroup reported on Wednesday that they have lowered their rating on natural resources company, BHP Billiton Limited(BHP).

The firm has downgraded BHP from a “Buy” to “Neutral.”

An analyst from the firm commented, “DQ12 production was in-line with our estimates, with iron ore/petroleum better and coal/copper weaker. Production guidance for oil, iron ore and copper reaffirmed, but our FY13+ estimates have been downgraded on lower coal & nickel prices, plus a higher A$. After the rally in the share price we downgrade our recommendation to Neutral, with an unchanged A$36/share target.”

BHP Billiton shares were up 57 cents, or 0.73% during premarket trading Wednesday. The stock has been mostly flat in the past year.

The Bottom Line
Shares of BHP Billiton (BHP) have a 2.59% dividend yield, based on last night’s closing stock price of $77.93. The stock has technical support in the $72-$75 price area. If the shares can firm up, we see overhead resistance around the $80-$82 price levels.

BHP Billiton Limited(BHP) is not recommended at this time, holding a DARS™ Rating of 3.1 out of 5 stars.

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