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.

Investment analysts gave a few price targets for NFG. The highest price target was 66, implying potential capital gains of 11 percent. The most pessimistic analyst gave a price target of 52, which equates to a potential downside of -12.55 percent. One must be careful with overanalyzing price targets and ratings due to possible conflicts of interest among the analysts releasing them.

Analysts have revised their earnings estimates upwards for this quarter, by about 1.48 percent on average, compared to last month. The average change in earnings estimates over the last 90 days is 3.01 percent. Over the past 30 days, FY earnings estimates have also changed downwards by -0.76 percent. Expanding the time horizon to 3 months, the average change in fiscal year estimates becomes 0.16 percent.

People are often interested in whether analysts were united in the direction of their revisions. 2 analysts have revised their quarterly estimates upwards in the past 30 days, while 3 analysts revised their estimates downwards. Also over the last month, 2 analysts increased their estimates for the FY earnings, while 2 analysts decreased their estimates.

Analysts estimate earnings of NFG to grow at a rate of 24.06 percent. Another measure frequently examined by investors is the PEG ratio. A lower PEG ratio is favorable, because people typically see that as an indicator of higher growth relative to stock price. Wall Street investors typically prefer a PEG ratio to be smaller than 1, though it could be better to see where the ratio stands relative to peers in the industry. The PEG ratio of NFG is 0.94.

In the last 52-weeks, NFG has achieved a high of 61.25 and a low of 50.61. Currently the stock is 17.49 percent higher than its low, and below the high by 2.92 percent. NFG has a P/E 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's next earnings release will be on 0000-00-00, which is days away.