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 minimum price target given was 48, implying a possible loss of -23.38 percent. Note that investment analysts can be biased in their reporting on companies's ratings and price targets.

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. Over the past 30 days, FY earnings estimates have also changed upwards by 0 percent. Expanding the time horizon to 3 months, the average change in fiscal year estimates becomes 0.46 percent.

People are often interested in whether analysts were united in the direction of their revisions. Over the past month, 0 analysts increased their quarterly estimates, while 0 analysts revised their estimates downwards. Also over the last month, 0 analysts increased their estimates for the FY earnings, while 0 analysts decreased their estimates.

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. 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, even though it may be more relevant to compare the ratio to that of a firm's competitors. NWN has a PEG ratio of -24.58.

In the last 52-weeks, NWN has achieved a high of 65.53 and a 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 market cap of NWN is $1.81 billion. NWN will post this quarters earnings in days, on 0000-00-00.