4 Gas Utilities Stocks to Sell Now

by Portfolio Grader | November 14, 2012 11:00 am

This week, the ratings of four Gas Utilities stocks on Portfolio Grader[1] are down. Each of these rates a “D” (“sell”) or “F” overall (“strong sell”).

This week, Suburban Propane Partners (NYSE:SPH[2]) falls to a D (“sell”), worse than last week’s grade of C (“hold”). Suburban Propane Partners markets and distributes energy-related products. It specializes in the marketing of natural gas and and electricity and the distribution of propane, fuel oil and refined fuels. The stock also earns F’s in Portfolio Grader’s specific subcategories of Earnings Momentum, Earnings Revisions, Margin Growth, and Sales Growth. The stock price has fallen 8.2% over the past month, worse than the 3.8% decrease the S&P 500 has seen over the same period of time. The trailing PE Ratio for the stock is 33.40. For a full analysis of SPH stock, visit Portfolio Grader[3].

This week, Northwest Natural Gas‘ (NYSE:NWN[4]) rating worsens to a D from the company’s C rating a week ago. Northwest Natural Gas distributes natural gas to customers in western Oregon, as well as portions of Washington. The stock gets F’s in Earnings Surprise and Sales Growth. Investors seem to agree with the downgrade and have pushed down the share price 13.4% over the past month. For more information, get Portfolio Grader’s complete analysis of NWN stock[5].

The rating of Ferrellgas Partners (NYSE:FGP[6]) declines this week from a C to a D. Ferrellgas Partners sells, distributes, markets, and trades propane and other natural gas liquids. The stock gets F’s in Cash Flow and Sales Growth. Share prices fell 11.1% over the past month. For a full analysis of FGP stock, visit Portfolio Grader[7].

Star Gas Partners (NYSE:SGU[8]) earns a D this week, falling from last week’s grade of C. Star Gas Partners distributes oil and provides services related to home heating. The stock gets F’s in Equity and Margin Growth. The stock price has fallen 2.6% over the past month. The stock has a trailing PE Ratio of 41.90. To get an in-depth look at SGU, get Portfolio Grader’s complete analysis of SGU stock[9].

Louis Navellier’s proprietary Portfolio Grader[10] stock ranking system assesses roughly 5,000 companies every week based on a number of fundamental and quantitative measures. Stocks are given a letter grade based on their results — with A being “strong buy,” and F being “strong sell.” Explore the tool here[11].

Endnotes:
  1. Portfolio Grader: http://navelliergrowth.investorplace.com/portfolio-grader/
  2. SPH: http://navelliergrowth.investorplace.com/portfolio-grader/stock-report.html?t=SPH
  3. For a full analysis of SPH stock, visit Portfolio Grader: http://navelliergrowth.investorplace.com/portfolio-grader/stock-report.html?t=SPH
  4. NWN: http://navelliergrowth.investorplace.com/portfolio-grader/stock-report.html?t=NWN
  5. For more information, get Portfolio Grader’s complete analysis of NWN stock: http://navelliergrowth.investorplace.com/portfolio-grader/stock-report.html?t=NWN
  6. FGP: http://navelliergrowth.investorplace.com/portfolio-grader/stock-report.html?t=FGP
  7. For a full analysis of FGP stock, visit Portfolio Grader: http://navelliergrowth.investorplace.com/portfolio-grader/stock-report.html?t=FGP
  8. SGU: http://navelliergrowth.investorplace.com/portfolio-grader/stock-report.html?t=SGU
  9. To get an in-depth look at SGU, get Portfolio Grader’s complete analysis of SGU stock: http://navelliergrowth.investorplace.com/portfolio-grader/stock-report.html?t=SGU
  10. Portfolio Grader: http://navelliergrowth.investorplace.com/portfolio-grader/
  11. here: http://navelliergrowth.investorplace.com/portfolio-grader/

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