NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Shares of Canadian Natural Resources (CNQ) - Get Report are lower by 0.05% to $21.46 in mid-morning trading on Wednesday, one day prior to the release of the energy company's 2015 fourth quarter financial report.

The company will announce its latest earnings before the market open on Thursday.

Analysts are expecting that the independent crude and natural gas producer will report a loss for the most recent quarter and a 34% decline in its revenue results.

A survey of analysts by Thomson Reuters have forecast that Canadian Natural Resources will post a loss of 1 Canadian cent per share on revenue of C$2.89 billion for the three month period ended December 2015.

The company's earnings came in at 69 Canadian cents per share on revenue of C$20.43 billion for the 2014 fourth quarter.

Oil and related companies' have been struggling for more than a year as the decline in the commodity's price impacts their businesses.

Oil prices are lower today with WTI crude down by 0.38% to $34.27 per barrel and Brent crude slipping by 0.24% to $36.72 per barrel.

Separately, TheStreet Ratings has set a "hold" rating and a score of C on Canadian Natural Resources stock. The primary factors that have impacted the rating are mixed - some indicating strength, some showing weaknesses, with little evidence to justify the expectation of either a positive or negative performance for this stock relative to most other stocks.

Among the primary strengths of the company is its expanding profit margins over time. At the same time, however, TheStreet Ratings also finds weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, deteriorating net income and generally higher debt management risk.

TheStreet Ratings objectively rated this stock according to its "risk-adjusted" total return prospect over a 12-month investment horizon. Not based on the news in any given day, the rating may differ from Jim Cramer's view or that of this articles's author.

You can view the full analysis from the report here: CNQ

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