News articles about National Fuel Gas (NYSE:NFG) have been trending somewhat positive this week, Accern Sentiment reports. Accern identifies positive and negative news coverage by monitoring more than 20 million news and blog sources. 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 0.19 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news headlines about the oil and gas producer an impact score of 47.4762205161096 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the near future.

Here are some of the headlines that may have effected Accern Sentiment’s rankings:

A number of brokerages have commented on NFG. Zacks Investment Research cut shares of National Fuel Gas from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Wednesday, November 15th. Scotiabank restated a “hold” rating and set a $60.00 price target on shares of National Fuel Gas in a research note on Friday, November 3rd. Sidoti began coverage on shares of National Fuel Gas in a research note on Thursday, October 12th. They set a “neutral” rating and a $65.00 price target for the company. Jefferies Group restated a “hold” rating and set a $54.00 price target on shares of National Fuel Gas in a research note on Thursday, October 12th. Finally, TheStreet cut 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 issued a hold rating and one has assigned a buy rating to the stock. National Fuel Gas has an average rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $62.67.

Shares of National Fuel Gas (NYSE:NFG) traded up $0.45 on Monday, reaching $56.53. 294,700 shares of the company’s stock were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 482,500. The company has a market capitalization of $4,840.00, a PE ratio of 17.13, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 6.27 and a beta of 0.94. 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 1 year low of $53.03 and a 1 year high of $61.25.

National Fuel Gas (NYSE:NFG) last announced its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, November 2nd. The oil and gas producer reported $0.53 EPS for the quarter, hitting analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.53. The firm 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 company’s revenue for the quarter was down 1.9% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter last year, the company earned $0.66 earnings per share. analysts expect that National Fuel Gas will post 2.89 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, January 12th. Stockholders of record on Friday, December 29th will be paid a $0.415 dividend. This represents a $1.66 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 2.94%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, December 28th. National Fuel Gas’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is currently 50.30%.

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National Fuel Gas Company Profile

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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