BHP results: the scores are in

BHP has earned the praise of the world’s leading investment banks for this week reporting a strong annual profit and better-than-expected dividend, but it has also been put on notice that rising costs, uncertainty about growth options and stiff commodity-price headwinds could blow it off course.

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If the views of five banks can be seen as a form of report card for shareholders on their investment, BHP probably gets an A at best, or a B+ at worst given some of the criticism and questions about