Thursday, April 24, 2014

Natural Gas Supplies Up, Natural Gas Prices Up, Gas Stocks with High Yields

According to the the U.S. Energy Information Administration, natural gas supplies increased by 49 billion cubic feet for the week ended April 18. In addition, natural gas prices increased by 1.5 cents to $4.745 per million BTUs.

So what's going on with natural gas utilities? Atmos Energy Corp (ATO), which distributes natural gas to Louisiana, Texas, Mississippi, Colorado, Kansas, and Kentucky, is one on the stocks on the list of natural gas stocks. The stock trades at 18 times trailing earnings, and 16.5 times forward earnings. The stock pays a decent yield of 3.1%. Dividends have increased every year for at least the last ten years. Earnings increased 8.1% for the latest quarter on a 21.4% revenue increase. The company reports earnings on May 7.

Northwest Natural Gas (NWN) pays a generous yield of 4.2%. The company serves over 680,000 customers in Washington and Oregon. Current P/E is 20, with a forward P/E of 18.  For the latest reported quarter, earnings were up 3.1%, with revenues rising 13.6%. The company's next earnings announcement is May 2.

For a free list of natural gas stocks, almost all of which have yields in excess of 2%, go to

Disclosure: Author didn't own any of the above at the time the article was written.


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