National Fuel Gas (NYSE:NFG) Given Daily Media Impact Score of 0.20

News stories about National Fuel Gas (NYSE:NFG) have trended somewhat positive recently, according to Accern. The research firm identifies positive and negative news coverage by reviewing more than 20 million blog and news sources. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. National Fuel Gas earned a media sentiment score of 0.20 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned media coverage about the oil and gas producer an impact score of 46.4660468340922 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the next several days.

These are some of the news headlines that may have effected Accern Sentiment Analysis’s analysis:

A number of analysts recently weighed in on NFG shares. Sidoti started 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 for the company. Jefferies Group restated a “hold” rating and set a $58.00 target price on shares of National Fuel Gas in a report on Wednesday, December 20th. Scotiabank set a $61.00 target price on shares of National Fuel Gas and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a report on Saturday, November 25th. Zacks Investment Research lowered shares of National Fuel Gas from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Wednesday, November 15th. Finally, TheStreet lowered shares of National Fuel Gas from a “b-” rating to a “c” rating in a research note on Thursday, November 2nd. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, four have given a hold rating and one has issued a buy rating to the stock. The stock presently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $62.67.

National Fuel Gas (NFG) opened at $54.84 on Thursday. The company has a current ratio of 1.27, a quick ratio of 1.16 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.22. National Fuel Gas has a twelve month low of $53.03 and a twelve month high of $61.25. The stock has a market cap of $4,780.00, a PE ratio of 16.62, a PEG ratio of 6.27 and a beta of 0.94.

National Fuel Gas (NYSE:NFG) last issued its earnings results on Thursday, November 2nd. The oil and gas producer reported $0.53 earnings per share for the quarter, meeting the consensus estimate of $0.53. The business had revenue of $286.94 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $325.81 million. National Fuel Gas had a net margin of 17.94% and a return on equity of 17.16%. The firm’s revenue was down 1.9% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period in the previous year, the business earned $0.66 EPS. equities research analysts forecast that National Fuel Gas will post 2.89 earnings per share for the current year.

The company also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, January 12th. Shareholders of record on Friday, December 29th will be given a $0.415 dividend. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, December 28th. This represents a $1.66 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 3.03%. National Fuel Gas’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 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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