BHP Group Limited [BHP] is 1.06% higher this YTD. Is it still time to buy?

BHP Group Limited [NYSE: BHP] gained 3.96% or 2.39 points to close at $62.71 with a heavy trading volume of 3457105 shares. The company report on December 12, 2022 that BHP, I-Pulse and I-ROX Enter into Strategic Collaboration to Advance New Applications of I-Pulse Technology.

Pulsed power could transform mining and decarbonise key steps of the mineral extraction process.

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BHP invests in both I-Pulse and its affiliate, I-ROX, to develop new disruptive approaches to crushing and grinding of ores.

It opened the trading session at $62.40, the shares rose to $63.01 and dropped to $62.24, the range by which the price of stock traded the whole day. The daily chart for BHP points out that the company has recorded 22.53% gains over the past six months. However, it is still -33.65% lower than its most recent low trading price.

If we look at the average trading volume of 3.20M shares, BHP reached to a volume of 3457105 in the most recent trading day, which is why market watchdogs consider the stock to be active.

Here is what top equities market gurus are saying about BHP Group Limited [BHP]:

Based on careful and fact-backed analyses by Wall Street experts, the current consensus on the target price for BHP shares is $70.88 per share. Analysis on target price and performance of stocks is usually carefully studied by market experts, and the current Wall Street consensus on BHP stock is a recommendation set at 1.70. 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.

CLSA have made an estimate for BHP Group Limited shares, keeping their opinion on the stock as Outperform, with their previous recommendation back on April 05, 2023. The new note on the price target was released on January 12, 2023, representing the official price target for BHP Group Limited stock.

The Average True Range (ATR) for BHP Group Limited is set at 1.49, with the Price to Sales ratio for BHP stock in the period of the last 12 months amounting to 2.68. The Price to Book ratio for the last quarter was 3.73, with the Price to Cash per share for the same quarter was set at 3.91. Price to Free Cash Flow for BHP in the course of the last twelve months was 18.22 with Quick ratio for the last quarter at 1.30.

Trading performance analysis for BHP stock

BHP Group Limited [BHP] fell into the red zone at the end of the last week, falling into a negative trend and dropping by -0.16. With this latest performance, BHP shares gained by 4.33% in over the last four-week period, additionally plugging by 22.53% over the last 6 months – not to mention a drop of -9.09% 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 BHP stock in for the last two-week period is set at 55.93, with the RSI for the last a single of trading hit 61.28, and the three-weeks RSI is set at 52.87 for BHP Group Limited [BHP]. The present Moving Average for the last 50 days of trading for this stock 62.96, while it was recorded at 60.90 for the last single week of trading, and 57.92 for the last 200 days.

BHP Group Limited [BHP]: A deeper dive into fundamental analysis

Operating Margin for any stock indicates how profitable investing would be, and BHP Group Limited [BHP] shares currently have an operating margin of +53.97 and a Gross Margin at +57.12. BHP Group Limited’s Net Margin is presently recorded at +18.59.

Return on Total Capital for BHP is now 40.79, given the latest momentum, and Return on Invested Capital for the company is 15.70. Return on Equity for this stock inclined to 22.14, with Return on Assets sitting at 10.27. When it comes to the capital structure of this company, BHP Group Limited [BHP] has a Total Debt to Total Equity ratio set at 40.93. Additionally, BHP Total Debt to Total Capital is recorded at 29.04, with Total Debt to Total Assets ending up at 19.26. Long-Term Debt to Equity for the company is recorded at 35.80, with the Long-Term Debt to Total Capital now at 25.41.

Receivables Turnover for the company is 11.89 with a Total Asset Turnover recorded at a value of 0.55.BHP Group Limited’s liquidity data is similarly interesting compelling, with a Quick Ratio of 1.30 and a Current Ratio set at 1.70.

BHP Group Limited [BHP]: An earnings per share (EPS) analysis

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 BHP. When it comes to the mentioned value, analysts are expecting to see the 5-year EPS growth rate for BHP Group Limited go to -9.10%.

An analysis of insider ownership at BHP Group Limited [BHP]

There are presently around $5,479 million, or 3.50% of BHP stock, in the hands of institutional investors. The top three institutional holders of BHP stocks are: FISHER ASSET MANAGEMENT, LLC with ownership of 17,836,400, which is approximately 1.281% of the company’s market cap and around 5.40% of the total institutional ownership; HARDING LOEVNER LP, holding 13,828,147 shares of the stock with an approximate value of $834.11 million in BHP stocks shares; and MORGAN STANLEY, currently with $283.84 million in BHP stock with ownership of nearly 1.314% of the company’s market capitalization.

Positions in BHP Group Limited stocks held by institutional investors increased at the end of Thursday and at the time of the Thursday reporting period, where 347 institutional holders increased their position in BHP Group Limited [NYSE:BHP] by around 9,049,709 shares. Additionally, 232 investors decreased positions by around 10,157,656 shares, while 114 investors held positions by with 71,617,512 shares. The mentioned changes placed institutional holdings at 90,824,877 shares, according to the latest SEC report filing. BHP stock had 131 new institutional investments in for a total of 3,023,439 shares, while 48 institutional investors sold positions of 1,216,441 shares during the same period.


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