National Fuel Gas (NFG) Getting Somewhat Positive News Coverage, Report Finds

News coverage about National Fuel Gas (NYSE:NFG) has been trending somewhat positive this week, Accern reports. The research firm identifies negative and positive press coverage by reviewing more than 20 million blog and news sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. National Fuel Gas earned a media sentiment score of 0.15 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news articles about the oil and gas producer an impact score of 46.6697591119589 out of 100, meaning that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the immediate future.

NFG has been the subject of several analyst reports. TheStreet downgraded shares of National Fuel Gas from a “b-” rating to a “c” rating in a research note on Thursday, November 2nd. Jefferies Group LLC reiterated a “hold” rating and set a $54.00 price objective on shares of National Fuel Gas in a research note on Thursday, October 12th. Scotiabank set a $60.00 target price on shares of National Fuel Gas and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a report on Tuesday, August 22nd. BidaskClub cut shares of National Fuel Gas from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Saturday, August 5th. Finally, Sidoti initiated coverage on shares of National Fuel Gas in a report on Thursday, October 12th. They set a “neutral” rating and a $65.00 target price on the stock. Five investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating, The stock currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $59.67.

National Fuel Gas (NYSE:NFG) traded down $0.34 during trading hours on Friday, hitting $56.96. 441,400 shares of the stock traded hands, compared to its average volume of 474,871. National Fuel Gas has a one year low of $50.80 and a one year high of $61.25. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.22, a quick ratio of 1.16 and a current ratio of 1.27. The company has a market cap of $4,899.58, a price-to-earnings ratio of 17.36, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 9.70 and a beta of 0.95.

National Fuel Gas (NYSE:NFG) last announced its earnings results on Thursday, November 2nd. The oil and gas producer reported $0.53 EPS for the quarter, hitting the consensus estimate of $0.53. The company had revenue of $286.94 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $325.81 million. National Fuel Gas had a net margin of 17.94% and a return on equity of 17.16%. The business’s revenue for the quarter was down 1.9% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period last year, the company posted $0.66 earnings per share. equities analysts forecast that National Fuel Gas will post 2.95 earnings per share for the current year.

The business also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, October 13th. Investors of record on Friday, September 29th were issued a dividend of $0.415 per share. This represents a $1.66 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 2.91%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Thursday, September 28th. National Fuel Gas’s dividend payout ratio is currently 50.30%.

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About National Fuel Gas

National Fuel Gas Company is a holding company. The Company is an energy company engaged principally in the production, gathering, transportation, distribution and marketing of natural gas. The Company operates in five business segments: Exploration and Production, Pipeline and Storage, Gathering, Utility, and Energy Marketing.

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