Media headlines about National Fuel Gas (NYSE:NFG) have trended somewhat positive on Wednesday, Accern reports. The research firm ranks the sentiment of press coverage by reviewing more than twenty million news and blog 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 news impact score of 0.15 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news articles about the oil and gas producer an impact score of 45.7845039386508 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the next few days.

Shares of National Fuel Gas (NFG) traded down $0.67 on Wednesday, reaching $57.57. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 228,366 shares, compared to its average volume of 460,284. The stock has a market capitalization of $5,063.04, a price-to-earnings ratio of 17.93, a P/E/G ratio of 10.10 and a beta of 0.94. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.22, a quick ratio of 1.16 and a current ratio of 1.27. 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 issued its earnings results on Thursday, November 2nd. The oil and gas producer reported $0.53 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, hitting the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.53. The business had revenue of $286.94 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $325.81 million. National Fuel Gas had a return on equity of 17.16% and a net margin of 17.94%. National Fuel Gas’s revenue for the quarter was down 1.9% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter in the prior year, the firm earned $0.66 earnings per share. equities research analysts anticipate that National Fuel Gas will post 2.93 EPS for the current year.

Several research analysts recently weighed in on NFG shares. Scotiabank set a $60.00 price objective on shares of National Fuel Gas and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a research report on Tuesday, August 22nd. Jefferies Group restated a “hold” rating and issued a $54.00 price objective (up from $52.00) on shares of National Fuel Gas in a research report on Friday, September 1st. TheStreet cut shares of National Fuel Gas from a “b-” rating to a “c” rating in a research report on Thursday, November 2nd. Sidoti started coverage on shares of National Fuel Gas in a research report on Thursday, October 12th. They issued a “neutral” rating and a $65.00 price objective on the stock. Finally, Zacks Investment Research cut shares of National Fuel Gas from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Wednesday, November 15th. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating and five have given a hold rating to the stock. The company currently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $60.00.

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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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