Is Buying Stock In BHP Group (BHP) A Good Move Today?

BHP Group (NYSE:BHP) saw an upside of 1.42% to close Monday at $55.84 after adding $0.78 on the day. The 5-day average trading volume is 2,946,000 shares of the company’s common stock. It has gained $56.97 in the past week. An average of 4,253,950 shares of the company has been traded in the last 20 days, and the 50-day average volume stands at 3,753,524.

BHP’s 1-month performance is -8.25% or -$5.02 on its low of $52.31 reached on 09/29/21. The company’s shares have touched a 52-week low of $46.90 and high of $82.07, with the stock’s rally to the 52-week high happening on 05/10/21. YTD, BHP has lost -14.54% or -$9.50. However, the current price is down -31.96%% from the 52-week high price.


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Valuation Metrics

The company’s PE ratio for the last five years has touched a high of 44.82 and a low of 8.355. BHP stock has a beta of 1.03. Moving on to other valuation ratios, the trailing price-to-sales (P/S) ratio is 2.22 while the price-to-book (PB) in the most recent quarter is 2.75, with the price to cash flow ratio at 7.17.

BHP Group pays an annual dividend of $8.00 per share. Its dividend yield is 14.33% and the payout ratio is 136.20%. BHP’s most recent quarterly dividend payment was made on Sep. 21, when it paid $4.00 a share compared with prior rate of $2.02, up 49.5% from last year’s. The company has boosted its dividend for the last 1 consecutive years with the latest dividend increase of $1.98 reported on Thursday August 19 2021. Measured over the last 3 years, the Dividend has been growing by 44.58% yearly.

It is projected that BHP Group’s next ex-dividend date will be on 4-Mar. BHP is expected to distribute $0.129 as its next dividend.

BHP Group’s quick ratio for the recent quarter was 1.40, with the current ratio over the same period at 1.60 meaning that BHP stock is able to fulfill its debt obligations. The trailing 12-month EBITDA margin is 65.21% while BHP Group’s operating margin was 42.60%. The firm’s gross profit as reported stood at $51.94 billion against revenue of $60.82 billion.

Earnings Surprise

BHP Group’s cash and short-term investments amounted to $296.0 million against total debt of $21.57 billion. BHP stock balance sheet for the recent quarter shows that total liabilities totaled 53.32 billion, with total debt at $21.57 billion

Technical Picture

Let’s look briefly at BHP Group (BHP) price momentum from a technical analysis perspective. The 9-day relative strength index as at close on 11 October was 53.69% to suggest the stock is trending Neutral, with historical volatility in this time period at 9.92%.

The stock’s 5-day moving average is $54.48, reflecting a +4.65% or $2.48 change from its current price. BHP is currently trading -8.59% above its 20-day SMA, -24.64% above its 100-day SMA. However, the stock’s current price level is away from the SMA50 and SMA200 by -28.92% and -14.92% respectively.

Stochastic %K and %D was 74.45% and 58.46% and the average true range (ATR) pointed at 1.39. The RSI (14) points at 43.00%, while the 14-day stochastic is at 75.75% with the period’s ATR at 1.47. The stock’s 9-day MACD Oscillator is pointing at 1.18 and 1.00 on the 14-day charts.

Analyst Ratings

In the most recent analyst report for BHP Group (NYSE: BHP), RBC Capital Mkts downgraded it to a Sector perform rating. They previously had an Outperform rating on the stock. Analysts offering their rating for BHP stock have a consensus rating for the stock as Overweight. Currently, 0 brokerage advisors rate BHP as a “sell,”, while 4 advise that investors “Hold.” 1 analysts have rated the stock as underweight. 1 rates the stock as overweight while 8 have offered a “buy” rating.

What is BHP’s price target for the next 12 months?

Analysts have a consensus price target ranging from a low of $55.22 and a high of $87.44, with their median price target at $66.19. Looking at these predictions, the average price target given by analysts is for BHP Group (BHP) stock is $68.18.

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