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.

Several price targets were given for MDU by the analysts covering the stock. The maximum price target given was 28, implying potential capital gains of 6.67 percent. The most pessimistic price target was 27, implying a possible loss of 2.86 percent. It is advisable to not rely only on price targets or ratings, as these can be biased for some stocks.

Over the past month, analysts have revised their estimates for this quarter's earnings, with a net average change of -1.92 percent. That number becomes 0.16 percent if we expand the time horizon to include the past 3 months instead of just one. Meanwhile, fiscal year estimates have been revised upwards by 0.41 percent, compared to last month. Expanding the time horizon to 3 months, the average change in fiscal year estimates becomes -1.6 percent.

People are often interested in whether analysts were united in the direction of their revisions. Over the past month, 0 analysts increased their quarterly estimates, while 2 analysts revised their estimates downwards. Over the same time period, 0 analysts revised their FY earnings estimates upwards, while 1 analysts decreased their estimates.

The growth rate of MDU's earnings is estimated by analysts to be 223.58 percent. It's possible to gain additional insight about growth valuation of a company by looking at the PEG ratio. A lower PEG ratio is favorable, because that is often interpreted as the company being fairly priced relative to its growth rate. Many investors consider PEG ratios between 0 and 1 as preferrable, although it is frequently more appropriate to compare PEG ratios to the company's peers. 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. Currently the stock is 16.82 percent higher than its low, and 12.27 percent lower than its 52-week high. MDU has a P/E 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 stock has a market capitalization of $5.16 billion. MDU's next earnings release will be on 0000-00-00, which is days away.