Market cap of MDU Resources Group Inc. [MDU] reaches 6.52B – now what?

MDU Resources Group Inc. [NYSE: MDU] jumped around 0.66 points on Thursday, while shares priced at $31.50 at the close of the session, up 2.14%. The company report on June 3, 2021 that MDU Resources Subsidiary Receives FERC Certificate on ND Natural Gas Pipeline Project.

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WBI Energy, Inc., the pipeline subsidiary of MDU Resources Group, Inc. (NYSE: MDU), on Tuesday received an order from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission issuing a certificate of public convenience and necessity on the North Bakken Expansion project, a natural gas pipeline expansion with capacity to transport 250 million cubic feet of natural gas per day from the Bakken in North Dakota.

“We are excited to be able to move forward with this expansion project. We appreciate the FERC’s action on our certificate request, and the bipartisan support at both the state and federal levels that we received on the project,” said David L. Goodin, president and CEO of MDU Resources. “Pipelines remain the safest way to move natural gas around the country, and this project is vital to capturing natural gas that is produced — and currently flared — as an associated product of oil production in the Bakken. We will be moving natural gas to ultimately serve industrial and household consumers who use it to heat homes, power manufacturing and drive economic growth.”.

MDU Resources Group Inc. stock is now 19.59% up from its year-to-date (YTD) trading value. MDU Stock saw the intraday high of $31.62 and lowest of $30.68 per share. The company’s 52-week high price is 35.02, which means current price is +23.92% above from all time high which was touched on 05/10/21.

Compared to the average trading volume of 1.03M shares, MDU reached a trading volume of 1730706 in the most recent trading day, which is why market watchdogs consider the stock to be active.

What do top market gurus say about MDU Resources Group Inc. [MDU]?

Based on careful and fact-backed analyses by Wall Street experts, the current consensus on the target price for MDU shares is $35.50 per share. Analysis on target price and performance of stocks is usually carefully studied by market experts, and the current Wall Street consensus on MDU stock is a recommendation set at 2.20. This rating represents a strong Buy recommendation, on the scale from 1 to 5, where 5 would mean strong sell, 4 represents Sell, 3 is Hold, and 2 indicates Buy.

BofA Securities have made an estimate for MDU Resources Group Inc. shares, keeping their opinion on the stock as Buy, with their previous recommendation back on March 23, 2021. While these analysts kept the previous recommendation, Williams Capital Group raised their target price from $31 to $32. The new note on the price target was released on September 16, 2019, representing the official price target for MDU Resources Group Inc. stock. Previously, the target price had yet another drop from $30 to $28, while Williams Capital Group kept a Buy rating on MDU stock.

The Average True Range (ATR) for MDU Resources Group Inc. is set at 0.58, with the Price to Sales ratio for MDU stock in the period of the last 12 months amounting to 1.17. The Price to Book ratio for the last quarter was 2.04, with the Price to Cash per share for the same quarter was set at 0.27. Price to Free Cash Flow for MDU in the course of the last twelve months was 74.36 with Quick ratio for the last quarter at 1.10.

How has MDU stock performed recently?

MDU Resources Group Inc. [MDU] fell into the red zone at the end of the last week, falling into a negative trend and dropping by -0.13. With this latest performance, MDU shares dropped by -6.31% in over the last four-week period, additionally plugging by 23.53% over the last 6 months – not to mention a rise of 47.54% in the past year of trading.

Overbought and oversold stocks can be easily traced with the Relative Strength Index (RSI), where an RSI result of over 70 would be overbought, and any rate below 30 would indicate oversold conditions. An RSI rate of 50 would represent a neutral market momentum. The current RSI for MDU stock in for the last two-week period is set at 38.96, with the RSI for the last a single of trading hit 39.10, and the three-weeks RSI is set at 41.23 for MDU Resources Group Inc. [MDU]. The present Moving Average for the last 50 days of trading for this stock 33.29, while it was recorded at 31.08 for the last single week of trading, and 28.19 for the last 200 days.

MDU Resources Group Inc. [MDU]: Deeper insight into the fundamentals

Operating Margin for any stock indicates how profitable investing would be, and MDU Resources Group Inc. [MDU] shares currently have an operating margin of +9.85 and a Gross Margin at +13.78. MDU Resources Group Inc.’s Net Margin is presently recorded at +7.06.

Return on Total Capital for MDU is now 10.22, given the latest momentum, and Return on Invested Capital for the company is 7.41. Return on Equity for this stock inclined to 13.18, with Return on Assets sitting at 4.90. When it comes to the capital structure of this company, MDU Resources Group Inc. [MDU] has a Total Debt to Total Equity ratio set at 77.41. Additionally, MDU Total Debt to Total Capital is recorded at 43.63, with Total Debt to Total Assets ending up at 28.90. Long-Term Debt to Equity for the company is recorded at 74.65, with the Long-Term Debt to Total Capital now at 42.07.

Reflecting on the efficiency of the workforce at the company, MDU Resources Group Inc. [MDU] managed to generate an average of $30,054 per employee. Receivables Turnover for the company is 6.47 with a Total Asset Turnover recorded at a value of 0.69.MDU Resources Group Inc.’s liquidity data is similarly interesting compelling, with a Quick Ratio of 1.10 and a Current Ratio set at 1.50.

Earnings analysis for MDU Resources Group Inc. [MDU]

With the latest financial reports released by the company, MDU Resources Group Inc. posted 0.5/share EPS, while the average EPS was predicted by analysts to be reported at 0.29/share. When compared, the two values demonstrate that the company surpassed the estimates by a Surprise Factor of 72.40%. The progress of the company may be observed through the prism of EPS growth rate, while Wall Street analysts are focusing on predicting the 5-year EPS growth rate for MDU. When it comes to the mentioned value, analysts are expecting to see the 5-year EPS growth rate for MDU Resources Group Inc. go to 7.20%.

Insider trade positions for MDU Resources Group Inc. [MDU]

There are presently around $4,423 million, or 71.20% of MDU stock, in the hands of institutional investors. The top three institutional holders of MDU stocks are: VANGUARD GROUP INC with ownership of 19,727,239, which is approximately -4.812% of the company’s market cap and around 0.40% of the total institutional ownership; BLACKROCK INC., holding 18,140,678 shares of the stock with an approximate value of $571.43 million in MDU stocks shares; and STATE STREET CORP, currently with $422.82 million in MDU stock with ownership of nearly -2.022% of the company’s market capitalization.

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Positions in MDU Resources Group Inc. stocks held by institutional investors increased at the end of May and at the time of the May reporting period, where 203 institutional holders increased their position in MDU Resources Group Inc. [NYSE:MDU] by around 11,935,150 shares. Additionally, 165 investors decreased positions by around 10,653,936 shares, while 67 investors held positions by with 117,838,237 shares. The mentioned changes placed institutional holdings at 140,427,323 shares, according to the latest SEC report filing. MDU stock had 59 new institutional investments in for a total of 3,728,819 shares, while 38 institutional investors sold positions of 1,483,085 shares during the same period.

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