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 highest price target was 75, implying potential capital gains 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.

In the last 30 days, analysts have changed their quarterly earnings estimates upwards by an average of 0 percent. That number becomes -12.5 percent if we expand the time horizon to include the past 3 months instead of just one. Meanwhile, fiscal year estimates have been revised upwards by 0 percent, compared to last month. If we look at the last 90 days instead, we find a net average change of 0.46 percent in FY estimates.

Another thing investors often look at is the level of agreement among analysts' revisions. 0 analysts have revised their quarterly estimates upwards in the past 30 days, while 0 analysts made negative revisions. During this time, 0 analysts made positive revisions in their estimates for this fiscal year's earnings, 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. Another measure frequently examined by investors is the PEG ratio. Smaller PEG ratios are desirable, because that is often interpreted as the company being fairly priced relative to its growth rate. PEG ratios below 1 are often considered desirable, but many choose to perform ratio comparisons with other companies in the industry. The PEG ratio of NWN is -24.58.

NWN has a 52-week high of 65.53 and a 52-week low of 53.50. Currently the stock is 17.1 percent higher than its 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 stock has a market capitalization of $1.81 billion. NWN is estimated to release their earnings results for the quarter on 0000-00-00, days from today.