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Nicor Inc (GAS)

Price: $55.60

Industry: Utility-Gas Distr Chaikin Power Gauge Report | Generated: Thu Nov 17 14:24 EST 2011 GAS Nicor Inc

$55.60

Power Gauge Rating

GAS - Very Bearish TM

The Chaikin Power Gauge Rating for GAS is very bearish due to very weak earnings performance, poor financial metrics and bearish price/volume activity. GAS's earnings performance is very weak as a result of poor EPS growth over the past 3-5 years and worse than expected earnings in recent quarters.

Financial Metrics

Earnings Performance

Price/Volume Activity

Expert Opinions

News Sentiment Rating

Neutral GAS Nicor Inc

November 01, 2011

TM

Chaikin Sentiment Gauge for GAS is neutral. Stories concerning GAS have a balanced or neutral sentiment.

News Sentiment :Neutral

Power Trend - 5 Year Chart

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High Potential

Neutral

Low Potential

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Financials & Earnings

Financial Metrics

Financial Metrics Rating

Bearish

LT Debt/Equity Ratio

GAS's financial metrics are poor. The company generates relatively low free cash flow relative to market capitalization and may be overvalued.

Price to Book Value

The rank is based on a low long term debt to equity ratio, high price to book value ratio, low price to sales ratio and relatively low cash flow.

Return on Equity

Price to Sales Ratio

Business Value

Assets and Liabilities

Valuation

Returns

Ratio

TTM

Ratio

TTM

Ratio

TTM

Current Ratio

0.85

Price/Book

2.30

Return on Invest

6.8%

LT Debt/Equity

0.45

Price/Sales

0.93

Return on Equity

9.9%

Earnings Performance

Earnings Performance Rating

Very Bearish

Earnings Growth

GAS's earnings performance has been very weak. The company has a history of weak earnings growth and has not met analysts' earnings estimates.

Earnings Surprise

The rank is based on poor EPS growth over the past 3-5 years, worse than expected earnings in recent quarters, a relatively poor trend in earnings this year, a relatively high projected P/E ratio and consistent earnings over the past 5 years.

Earnings Trend

Projected P/E Ratio

Earnings Consistency

5 Year Revenue and Earnings Growth

EPS Estimates

12/06

12/07

12/08

12/09

12/10

Revenue(M)

2,960.00

3,176.30

3,776.60

2,652.10

2,709.80

Rev % Growth

-11.85%

7.31%

18.90%

-29.78%

2.18%

$2.88

$2.99

$2.64

$2.99

$3.02

-6.49%

3.82%

-11.71%

13.26%

1.00%

EPS EPS % Growth

EPS Surprise

Factor

Actual EPS Prev

EST EPS Current

Change

$0.87

$0.83

-0.04

Quarterly EPS Yearly EPS Factor

$3.02

$2.35

-0.67

Actual EPS Growth

Est EPS Growth

Change

-2.65%

3.50%

+6.15

3-5 year EPS

EPS Quarterly Results Estimate

Actual

Difference

% Difference

FY

Qtr 1

Qtr 2

Qtr 3

Qtr 4

Total

Latest Qtr

$0.30

$0.12

$-0.18

1 Qtr Ago

$0.32

$0.42

$0.10

-60.00

12/09

$0.97

$0.50

$0.30

$1.22

$2.99

31.25

12/10

$1.33

$0.53

$0.30

$0.87

$3.03

2 Qtr Ago

$0.92

$0.98

3 Qtr Ago

$0.93

$0.87

$0.06

6.52

12/11

$0.98

$0.42

$0.12

-

-

$-0.06

-6.45

Fiscal Year End Month is December.

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Price Trend & Expert Opinions Price/Volume Activity

Price/Volume Activity Rating

Bearish

Relative Strength vs Market

Chaikin Money Flow

Price and volume activity for GAS is bearish. GAS is trading on lower volume than its 90 day average volume and is in a decelerating price trend compared to 4 months ago.

Price Trend

The rank for GAS is based on its price strength versus the market, positive Chaikin money flow, a positive Chaikin price trend, a negative Chaikin price trend ROC and a decreasing volume trend.

Price Trend ROC

Volume Trend

Relative Strength vs S&P500 Index

Chaikin Money Flow

Chart shows whether GAS is performing better or worse than the market.

Chaikin Money Flow analyzes supply and demand for a company's stock.

Price Activity

Price Activity

Volume Activity

Factor

Value

Factor

Value

Factor

52 Week High

57.49

% Change Price - 4 Weeks

0.42%

Average Volume 20 Days

253,455

52 Week Low

43.25

% Change Price - 24 Weeks

2.22%

Average Volume 90 Days

348,653

% Change YTD Rel S&P 500

11.85%

Expert Opinions

% Change Price - 4 Wks Rel to S&P

-1.78%

% Change Price - 24 Wks Rel to S&P

8.64%

Value

Chaikin Money Flow Persistency

70%

Expert Opinions

Neutral

Earnings Estimate Revisions

Expert opinions about GAS are neutral. Analysts's opinions on GAS have been more positive recently and insiders are not net buyers of GAS's stock.

Short Interest

Insider Activity

The rank for GAS is based on a low short interest ratio, insiders not purchasing significant amounts of stock, optimistic analyst opinions and relative weakness of the stock versus the Utility-Gas Distr industry group.

Analyst Opinions

Relative Strength vs Industry

Earnings Estimate Revisions Current Current Qtr Next Qtr

0.83 Current

Current FY

2.35

Analyst Recommendations

7 Days Ago % Change 0.83 -

0.00% -

30 Days Ago % Change 2.49

-0.14

Factor Mean this Week Mean Last Week

EPS Estimates Revision Summary Value

Hold 0.00

Mean 5 Weeks Ago

Hold

Last 4 Weeks

Down

Up

Down

Curr Qtr

0

0

1

0

Curr Yr

0

0

0

2

Next Qtr

0

0

0

0

Next Yr

0

0

0

0

Hold

Change

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Last Week Up

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The Company & Its Competitors

News Headlines for GAS

GAS's Competitors in Utility-Gas Distr Company

Power Gauge

Historic EPS growth

Projected EPS growth

Profit Margin

PEG

PE

Revenue(M)

GAS

-2.65%

3.50%

4.24%

6.76

23.27

2,710

SRE

-4.41%

7.00%

13.85%

1.78

11.85

9,003

UGI

3.53%

3.20%

3.82%

3.84

13.42

6,091

WGL

8.67%

5.17%

4.44%

3.33

18.88

-

OKE

2.61%

-

2.29%

-

26.22

13,030

MDU

3.41%

7.00%

5.99%

2.60

17.21

3,910

Nicor Declares Special Pro Rata Dividend in Preparation for Completing Merger With AGL Resources - Nov 1, 2011 AGL Resources subsidiary to sell $500M in notes - Sep 16, 2011 Nicor 2Q profit falls 21 percent - Aug 3, 2011 AGL: Some Nicor jobs could be affected by merger - Jul 14, 2011 Shareholders approve Nicor-AGL merger - Jun 14, 2011

Company Details

Company Profile

NICOR INC 1844 FERRY RD NAPERVILLE, IL 60566 USA Phone: 6303059500 Fax: 630-983-4229 Website: http://http://www.nicor.com Full Time Employees: 3,800 Sector: Utilities

Nicor Inc. is a holding company and is a member of the Standard & Poor's 500 Index. Its primary business is Nicor Gas, one of the nation's largest natural gas distribution companies. Nicor owns Tropical Shipping, a containerized shipping business serving the Caribbean region and the Bahamas. In addition, the company owns and has an equity interest in several energy-related businesses.

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