Northwest Natural Gas Stock To Go Ex-dividend Tomorrow (NWN)

NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- The ex-dividend date for Northwest Natural Gas (NYSE: NWN) is tomorrow, April 26, 2012. Owners of shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 45 cents per share. At a price of $45.36 as of 9:30 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 4%.

The average volume for Northwest Natural Gas has been 115,500 shares per day over the past 30 days. Northwest Natural Gas has a market cap of $1.19 billion and is part of the utilities sector and utilities industry. Shares are down 6.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

Northwest Natural Gas Company stores and distributes natural gas primarily in Oregon, Washington, and California. The company operates in two segments, Local Gas Distribution and Gas Storage. The Local Gas Distribution segment distributes natural gas in Oregon and southwest Washington. The company has a P/E ratio of 18.5, equal to the average utilities industry P/E ratio and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.

TheStreet Ratings rates Northwest Natural Gas as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. You can view the full Northwest Natural Gas Ratings Report.

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