Beaufort Securities Maintains “Buy” Rating for BG Group PLC (LON:BG) stock. What’s the Best Move for Investors?

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BG Group PLC (LON:BG) Rating Reaffirmed

BG Group PLC (LON:BG) shares have had their “Buy” Rating has reaffirmed by equity research analysts at Beaufort Securities in analysts note revealed to investors and clients on 21 December.

From a total of 22 analysts covering BG Group PLC (LON:BG) stock, 0 rate it a ”Buy”, 0 a “Sell”, and 0 a ”Hold”. This means that NaN of the ratings are positive. The highest target price is GBX 24 while the lowest target price is GBX 16.12. The mean of all analyst targets is GBX 18.72 with a 86.31% above today’s (GBX 915.94) stock price. BG Group PLC was the topic of 87 analyst reports since July 24, 2015 according to the firm StockzIntelligence Inc. Beaufort Securities maintained shares on December 21 with “Buy” rating. Barclays Capital maintained shares with “Overweight” rating and GBX 1600 target share price in a report from a December 1. Bernstein maintained BG stock in a recent report from December 15 with “Outperform” rating. Santander downgraded the rating on November 24. Santander has a “Hold” rating and a GBX 1160 price target on shares. Finally, Deutsche Bank maintained the stock with “Buy” rating in a report issued on a December 7.

Approximately 4.38 million shares of stock traded hands. BG Group plc (LON:BG) has declined 21.45% since May 22, 2015 and is downtrending. It has underperformed by 15.65% the S&P500.

Beaufort Securities Maintains

The overall sentiment of institutions has decreased to 0.88 in Q2 2015. Its down 0.30, from 1.18 in 2015Q2. The ratio turned negative, as 52 institutions have sold all the shares of BG Group plc that they owned while 135 funds have taken shares off the table. 44 funds have purchased shares for the first time while 121 added to their positions. These institutions now hold 127.96 million shares or 8.10% more than the 118.37 million shares they owned in 2015Q2.

The Fund Relational Investors Llc currently is holding shares equating to 43.14% of its total portfolio in BG Group plc representing a total of 4.95 million shares. Another fund,Taube Hodson Stonex Partners Llp, is holding a total of 411,539 shares equating to 34.52% of their holdings. Additionally, Eclectica Asset Management Llp has a 12,000 share stake in BG Group plc which represents 5.13% of their total portfolio. The Fund, Rdl Financial Inc, based out of Virginia, has also built up a stake in the stock, which represents a total of 3.02% of their total portfolio. Finally Harding Loevner Lp, a fund which is based in the state of New Jersey reported a total holdings of 4.72 million shares.

BG Group plc is a United Kingdom-based natural gas company. The company has a market cap of 30.67 billion GBP. The Firm has a portfolio of business interests focused on gas and oil exploration and production and on liquefied natural gas . It currently has negative earnings. It has two business divisions: Upstream, which includes exploration and production and liquefaction, and LNG Shipping & Marketing, which combines the development and use of LNG import facilities with the purchase, shipping and sale of LNG and re-gasified natural gas.

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