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.

Several price targets were given for NWN by the analysts covering the stock. The maximum price target given was 75, which equates to a potential upside of 19.71 percent. The most pessimistic analyst gave a price target of 48, implying potential capital losses of -23.38 percent. One must be careful with overanalyzing price targets and ratings due to possible conflicts of interest among the analysts releasing them.

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. 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. 0 analysts made positive revisions to their quarterly estimates over the past month, while 0 analysts made negative revisions. Over the same time period, 0 analysts revised their FY earnings estimates upwards, compared to 0 analysts that revised their FY estimates downwards.

NWN has an estimated earnings growth rate of -1.17 percent as forecasted by analysts. 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. Many investors consider PEG ratios between 0 and 1 as preferrable, 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 last 52-weeks, NWN has achieved a high of 65.53 and a low of 53.50. Today's price is 17.1 percent above the 52-week low, 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 market cap of NWN is $1.81 billion. NWN's next earnings release will be on 0000-00-00, which is days away.