National Fuel Gas (NFG) Given Daily Coverage Optimism Rating of 0.23

Media coverage about National Fuel Gas (NYSE:NFG) has trended somewhat positive recently, Accern reports. Accern identifies positive and negative media coverage by reviewing more than twenty million blog and news sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. National Fuel Gas earned a news sentiment score of 0.23 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned media coverage about the oil and gas producer an impact score of 45.4498573952192 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the near term.

These are some of the headlines that may have effected Accern’s scoring:

A number of equities analysts have recently weighed in on NFG shares. TheStreet upgraded National Fuel Gas from a “c+” rating to a “b” rating in a research note on Friday, June 16th. BidaskClub raised shares of National Fuel Gas from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Monday, June 19th. Jefferies Group LLC reaffirmed a “hold” rating and issued a $54.00 price target (up previously from $52.00) on shares of National Fuel Gas in a report on Friday, September 1st. Scotiabank set a $60.00 price target on shares of National Fuel Gas and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a report on Tuesday, August 22nd. Finally, ValuEngine cut shares of National Fuel Gas from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Friday, June 2nd. Six analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating, The stock presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $59.67.

Shares of National Fuel Gas (NFG) opened at 56.79 on Thursday. The company has a 50 day moving average of $58.37 and a 200-day moving average of $57.57. National Fuel Gas has a 12-month low of $50.61 and a 12-month high of $61.25. The company has a market cap of $4.86 billion, a PE ratio of 17.69 and a beta of 0.98.

National Fuel Gas (NYSE:NFG) last issued its earnings results on Thursday, August 3rd. The oil and gas producer reported $0.69 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, hitting the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.69. National Fuel Gas had a net margin of 17.38% and a return on equity of 18.31%. The company had revenue of $348.37 million for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $373.86 million. During the same quarter last year, the company posted $0.68 earnings per share. Equities research analysts anticipate that National Fuel Gas will post $3.33 earnings per share for the current year.

The business also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, October 13th. Investors of record on Friday, September 29th will be issued a $0.415 dividend. This represents a $1.66 annualized dividend and a yield of 2.92%. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, September 28th. National Fuel Gas’s dividend payout ratio is currently 51.71%.

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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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