National Fuel Gas Earnings Preview

Investors hope National Fuel Gas (NYS: NFG) will top analyst estimates once again after beating predictions by $0.04 in the previous quarter. The company will unveil its latest earnings Friday. National Fuel Gas is a diversified energy company which operates its business in four segments: utility, pipeline and storage, exploration and production, and energy marketing.

What analysts say:

What our community says:
CAPS All-Stars are solidly backing the stock with 94.6% awarding it an "outperform" rating. The community at large agrees with the All-Stars with 93% granting it a rating of "outperform." Fools are gung-ho about National Fuel Gas, though the message boards have been quiet lately with only 73 posts in the past 30 days. Even with a robust four out of five stars, National Fuel Gas' CAPS rating falls a little short of the community's upbeat outlook.

National Fuel Gas' profit has risen year over year by an average of 19%. Revenue has fallen for the past three quarters.

Now let's look at how efficient management is at running the business. Traditionally, margins represent the efficiency with which companies capture portions of sales dollars. The following table shows gross and net margins over the past four quarters.






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Net Margin





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