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.

Investment analysts gave a few price targets for NWN. The maximum price target given was 75, implying a possible profit of 19.71 percent. The lowest price target was 48, which equates to a potential downside of -23.38 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 0 percent. The average change in earnings estimates over the last 90 days is -12.5 percent. On the other hand, earnings estimates for the fiscal year have been revised upwards by 0 percent, as compared to a month ago. Expanding the time horizon to 3 months, the average change in fiscal year estimates becomes 0.46 percent.

Investors like to see analysts making revisions in the same direction, as that raises confidence in the revisions. Over the past month, 0 analysts increased their quarterly estimates, while 0 analysts made negative revisions. 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.

NWN has an estimated earnings growth rate of -1.17 percent as forecasted by analysts. Another measure frequently examined by investors is the PEG ratio. Smaller PEG ratios are desirable, as that can indicate whether the high price level of a stock is warranted by high growth. Many investors consider PEG ratios between 0 and 1 as preferrable, but many choose to perform ratio comparisons with other companies 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. Today's price is 17.1 percent above the 52-week low, and 4.39 percent lower than its 52-week high. 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 market cap of NWN is $1.81 billion. NWN will post this quarters earnings in days, on 0000-00-00.