Analyst Ratings for National Fuel Gas Co. (NFG)

Updated: 2017-07-29

National Fuel Gas Co. (NYSE:NFG) was awarded an average rating of Overweight from investment analysts following the stock. A consensus rating of Overweight was previously issued for NFG last month.

2 analysts declared NFG a buy, 1 gave an overweight rating, 4 gave a hold rating, 0 gave an underweight rating, and 0 issued a sell rating. Compared to three months ago, there has been an increase of 0 in the number of analysts with a positive outlook on the stock. During this time, the number of analysts bearish on the stock has increased by 0.

A number of analysts gave price targets for NFG. The most optimistic price target was 66, implying potential capital gains of 11 percent. The minimum price target given was 52, implying potential capital losses of -12.55 percent. It is crucial to not blindly accept any price targets or stock ratings, because many analysts have it in their best interest to give positive coverage of certain stocks.

Over the past month, analysts have revised their estimates for this quarter's earnings, with a net average change of 1.48 percent. That number becomes 3.01 percent if we expand the time horizon to include the past 3 months instead of just one. Over the past 30 days, FY earnings estimates have also changed downwards by -0.76 percent. If we look at the last 90 days instead, we find a net average change of 0.16 percent in FY estimates.

Investors like to see analysts making revisions in the same direction, as that raises confidence in the revisions. 2 analysts made positive revisions to their quarterly estimates over the past month, while 3 analysts made negative revisions. During this time, 2 analysts made positive revisions in their estimates for this fiscal year's earnings, compared to 2 analysts that revised their FY estimates downwards.

The growth rate of NFG's earnings is estimated by analysts to be 24.06 percent. The PEG ratio of a stock is another value frequently studied by investors. Investors like to see smaller values for the PEG ratio, as that can indicate whether the high price level of a stock is warranted by high growth. Wall Street investors typically prefer a PEG ratio to be smaller than 1, although it is frequently more appropriate to compare PEG ratios to the company's peers. NFG has a PEG ratio of 0.94.

NFG has traded between a high of 61.25 and a low of 50.61 over the past year. The current market price is above the trailing year's low by 17.49 percent, and below the high by 2.92 percent. NFG has a price/earnings ratio of 22.69. Investors typically compare the P/E ratio to a company's peers in the industry. The NFG value stock report compares NFG to some of its peers using value stock charts. The stock has a market capitalization of $5.11 billion. NFG will post this quarters earnings in days, on 0000-00-00.