BHP Group Limited (NYSE: BHP) Slips -0.80% In Recent Trade, What Does The Future Hold?

BHP Group Limited (NYSE:BHP) price is hovering lower on Tuesday, July 26, dropping -0.80% below its previous close.

A look at today’s price movement shows that the recent level at last check reads $52.82, with intraday deals fluctuating between $52.18 and $53.11. The company’s 5Y monthly beta was ticking 0.82 while its P/E ratio in the trailing 12-month period read 8.40. Taking into account the 52-week price action we note that the stock hit a 52-week high of $71.89 and 52-week low of $46.33. The stock subtracted -3.53% on its value in the past month.

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BHP Group Limited, which has a market valuation of $132.57 billion. The company stock has a Forward Dividend ratio of 7.00, while the dividend yield is 13.25%. It is understandable that investor optimism is growing ahead of the company’s current quarter results.

Revisions to the company’s EPS highlights a short term direction of a stock’s price movement, which in the last 7 days came up with no upward and no downward reviews. On the technical perspective front, indicators give BHP a short term outlook of 50% Sell on average. Looking at the stock’s medium term indicators we note that it is averaging as a 100% Sell, while an average of long term indicators are currently assigning the stock as 50% Sell.

Here is a look at the average analyst rating for the stock as represented on a scale of 1.00 to 5.00, with the extremes of 1.00 and 5.00 suggesting the stock is strong buy or strong sell respectively. Specifically, 27 analysts have assigned BHP a recommendation rating as follows: 12 rate it as a Hold; 10 advise Buy while 2 analyst(s) assign an Overweight rating. 1 analyst(s) have tagged the BHP Group Limited (BHP) stock as Underweight, with 2 recommending Sell. In general, analysts have rated the stock Overweight, a scenario likely to bolster investors out for an opportunity to add to their holdings of the company’s shares.

The overview shows that BHP’s price is at present -0.49% off the SMA20 and -9.16% from the SMA50. The Relative Strength Index (RSI) metric on the 14-day timeframe is pointing at 44.79, with weekly volatility standing at 2.12%. The indicator jumps to 2.35% when calculated based on the past 30 days. BHP Group Limited (NYSE:BHP)’s beta value is holding at 0.97, while the average true range (ATR) indicator is currently reading 1.83. Considering analysts have assigned the stock a price target range of $38.66-$72.19 as the low and high respectively, we find the trailing 12-month average consensus price target to be $56.72. Based on this estimate, we see that today’s price at last check is roughly 26.22% off the estimated low and -37.77% off the forecast high. Investors will no doubt be excited to see the share price fall to $56.82, which is the median consensus price, and at that level BHP would be -8.44% from recent price.

Turning out attention to how the BHP Group Limited stock has performed in comparison to its peers in the industry, here’s what we find: BHP’s stock is -0.80% on the day and -22.61% in the past 12 months, while Rio Tinto Group (RIO) traded -1.53% in the latest session and is positioned -25.73% down on its price 12 months ago. As for BHP Group Limited, the P/E ratio stands at 8.40 higher than that of Rio Tinto Group’s at 4.61. Elsewhere in the market, the S&P 500 Index has stumbled -0.81% in today’s early trading, with the Dow Jones Industrial also seeing a negative session so far with -0.30%.

An analysis of the BHP Group Limited (NYSE:BHP) stock in terms of its daily trading volume indicates that the 3-month average is 3.77 million. However, this figure increases on the past 10-day timeline to an average of 3.31 million.

Current records show that the company has 2.53B in outstanding shares. The insiders’ percentage holdings are 5.40% of outstanding shares while the percentage share held by institutions stands at 4.10%. The stats also highlight that short interest as of Jun 29, 2022, stood at 6.72 million shares, which puts the short ratio at the time at 1.95. From this we can glean that short interest is 0.27% of company’s current outstanding shares. Notably, we see that shares short in June rose slightly given the previous month’s figure stood at 5.0 million. But the -1.99% downside, the stock’s price has registered year-to-date as of today’s value, will likely reignite investor interest given the prospect of it rallying even higher.