NEW YORK (

TheStreet

) -- The ex-dividend date for

National Fuel Gas Company

(NYSE:

NFG

) is tomorrow, March 29, 2011. Owners of shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 34 cents per share. At a price of $72.99 as of 9:31 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 1.9%.

The average volume for National Fuel Gas has been 479,400 shares per day over the past 30 days. National Fuel Gas has a market cap of $5.9 billion and is part of the

utilities

sector and

utilities

industry. Shares are up 11.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

National Fuel Gas Company, through its subsidiaries, operates as a diversified energy company primarily in the United States. The company operates through four segments: Utility, Pipeline and Storage, Exploration and Production, and Energy Marketing. The company has a P/E ratio of 28, above the average utilities industry P/E ratio of 27.2 and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 16.2.

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TheStreet Ratings rates National Fuel Gas as buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations, solid stock price performance and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. You can view the full

National Fuel Gas Ratings Report

.

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