Analyst Ratings for Northwest Natural Gas Co. (NWN)

Updated: 2017-07-27

Analysts covering Northwest Natural Gas Co. (NYSE:NWN) have given it a consensus rating of Underweight. About 30 days ago, NWN was issued an average rating of Underweight.

A buy rating was issued by 1 analysts, 0 gave an overweight rating, 4 issued a hold rating, 1 gave an underweight rating, and 3 gave 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. Meanwhile, the number of analysts pessimistic about the company has increased by 0.

NWN was given price targets by several analysts. The most optimistic price target was 75, which equates to a potential upside of 19.71 percent. The lowest price target was 48, implying potential capital losses of -23.38 percent. Many analysts are not unbiased in their coverage of stocks, including price targets and stock ratings, so care must be taken in interpreting numbers released by them.

Over the past month, analysts have revised their estimates for this quarter's earnings, with a net average change of 0 percent. This can be compared with the average change in earnings estimates over the past 3 months, which is -12.5 percent. Meanwhile, fiscal year estimates have been revised upwards by 0 percent, compared to last month. Expanding the time horizon to 3 months, the average change in fiscal year estimates becomes 0.46 percent.

Another thing investors often look at is the level of agreement among analysts' revisions. Over the past month, 0 analysts increased their quarterly estimates, which can be compared to the 0 analysts that decreased their estimates. Over the same time period, 0 analysts revised their FY earnings estimates upwards, while 0 analysts made negative revisions to their fiscal year's estimates.

The growth rate of NWN's earnings is estimated by analysts to be -1.17 percent. People on Wall Street often look at a company's PEG ratio. A lower PEG ratio is favorable, because that is often interpreted as the company being fairly priced relative to its growth rate. People often look for the PEG ratio to be under 1, though it could be better to see where the ratio stands relative to peers in the industry. The PEG ratio of NWN is -24.58.

In the trailing 52-weeks, NWN hit 65.53 at the highest peak, while it's lowest trading point was 53.50. The current market price is above the trailing year's low by 17.1 percent, and below the high by 4.39 percent. NWN has a price/earnings ratio of 28.76. Investors typically compare the P/E ratio to a company's peers in the industry. The NWN value stock report compares NWN to some of its peers using value stock charts. The stock has a market capitalization of $1.81 billion. NWN's next earnings release will be on 0000-00-00, which is days away.