Analyst Ratings for MDU Resources Group Inc. (MDU)

Updated: 2017-07-28

Analysts covering MDU Resources Group Inc. (NYSE:MDU) have given it a consensus rating of Hold. About 30 days ago, MDU was issued an average rating of Hold.

6 analysts issued ratings on the stock, where 1 gave MDU a buy rating, 0 gave an overweight rating, 4 gave a hold rating, 1 gave an underweight rating, and 0 issued a sell rating. Compared to three months ago, there has been an decrease of 1 in the number of analysts with a positive outlook on the stock. Meanwhile, the number of analysts pessimistic about the company has decreased by 1.

A number of analysts gave price targets for MDU. The maximum price target given was 28, which equates to a potential upside of 6.67 percent. The most pessimistic price target was 27, which equates to a potential downside of 2.86 percent. It is advisable to not rely only on price targets or ratings, as these can be biased for some stocks.

Analysts have revised their earnings estimates downwards for this quarter, by about -1.92 percent on average, compared to last month. That number becomes 0.16 percent if we expand the time horizon to include the past 3 months instead of just one. On the other hand, earnings estimates for the fiscal year have been revised upwards by 0.41 percent, as compared to a month ago. Expanding the time horizon to 3 months, the average change in fiscal year estimates becomes -1.6 percent.

Another thing investors often look at is the level of agreement among analysts' revisions. 0 analysts have revised their quarterly estimates upwards in the past 30 days, while 2 analysts revised their estimates downwards. During this time, 0 analysts made positive revisions in their estimates for this fiscal year's earnings, while 1 analysts decreased their estimates.

The growth rate of MDU's earnings is estimated by analysts to be 223.58 percent. Another measure frequently examined by investors is the PEG ratio. Smaller PEG ratios are desirable, because people typically see that as an indicator of higher growth relative to stock price. People often look for the PEG ratio to be under 1, even though it may be more relevant to compare the ratio to that of a firm's competitors. The PEG ratio of MDU is 0.31.

MDU has a 52-week high of 29.92 and a 52-week low of 22.47. Today's price is 16.82 percent above the 52-week low, and 12.27 percent below the high. MDU has a price/earnings ratio of 68.89. Investors typically compare the P/E ratio to a company's peers in the industry. The MDU value stock report compares MDU to some of its peers using value stock charts. The market cap of MDU is $5.16 billion. MDU's next earnings release will be on 0000-00-00, which is days away.