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Three Oil-and-Gas Stocks With Huge Gains

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BOSTON ( TheStreet) -- The following oil-and-gas stocks have at least quintupled since the March 2009 low. Rising commodity prices could continue to bolster performance.

3. Northern Oil & Gas (NOG) has soared 396% in the past year. It has outperformed peers over numerous time frames, as demonstrated in the chart above. Northern Oil & Gas controls leasehold positions adjacent to North Dakota's Parshall Field, a significant discovery location of the past 30 years.

Quarter: Fourth-quarter profit decreased 24% to $1.1 million, or 3 cents, as revenue more than tripled to $6.4 million. The gross margin dropped from 93% to 86% and the operating margin fell from 27% to 21%. Northern Oil & Gas holds $31 million of cash, equating to a quick ratio of 4.3, and $1.3 million of debt.

Valuation: The stock trades at a price-to-book ratio of 4.6, a discount to its peer-group average. It's expensive when considering sales and cash flow. Its PEG ratio, a measure of value relative to expected growth, of 0.3 reflects a 57% discount to the industry average. A PEG ratio below 1 signifies cheap shares.

Consensus: Of four analysts covering Northern Oil & Gas, three advise purchasing its shares while one recommends holding them. Stockcross Financial offers the loftiest price target, expecting the stock to more than triple to $40. TheStreet's stock model is less optimistic, rating Northern Oil & Gas "hold."

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