Investors all but wrote off natural gas as oversupply pushed prices down, but gas prices are sneakily rising to last year’s levels. That’s turning one of the best natural gas companies you can own into a must-buy right now.
Natural gas prices spiked to a one-year high of $3.51 mbtu in January, but collapsed in February. Gas prices plummeted 27% in little more than two weeks between the end of January and beginning of February.
While the plunge sent natural gas prices to their lowest point since 2016, gas prices typically drop after the worst part of winter ends. Natural gas prices tend to rise in the winter, as people use the gas to heat their homes, and fall off as the seasons change.
That’s what makes this current rally so interesting – and profitable – for investors who know where to look. Suddenly rising gas prices are about to boost this overlooked stock into one of the best pure-profit plays in the sector…
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Since hitting a low of $2.55 in February, natural gas prices are already up 16%, and they are up 11% in just the last month. In fact, natural gas prices just crossed above their 200-day moving average on Tuesday (May 22), a classic indicator of a breakout.
That’s right in line with the EIA’s “Short-Term Energy Outlook,” which projects natural gas prices will continue their rise, hitting $3.30 by the end of the year. You see, despite a glut of natural gas that’s kept prices down, Barclays is projecting gas inventories will be 17% below their five-year average, giving prices a sneaky boost.
And that means this rally should run into winter, right when natural gas gets its seasonal boost.
But playing natural gas futures contracts isn’t the best way to profit from this stealth rally.
We’ve found one of the best natural gas companies you can own, and it’s flying under the radar right now.
This company remained profitable during the oil and gas downturn starting in 2014, and now that both commodities are picking back up, it’s primed to profit.
In fact, it just made the biggest deal in the company’s history…
How to Profit from the Natural Gas Rally
Natural Gas Services Group Inc. (NYSE: NGS) is one of the top natural gas stocks you can buy right now.
Unlike other oil and gas companies, NGS doesn’t produce any natural gas or oil of its own. That insulates it from some of the ups and downs of commodity prices.
Instead, NGS engineers and supplies the machinery needed for oil and gas production, including fracking. NGS sells and rents high-powered compressors, compressor parts, and custom-made compressors, as well as repairs existing compressors.
Because the world always needs energy, Natural Gas Services Group’s products are in demand, even as oil and gas prices have slumped since 2014. NGS has turned a profit every year for the last decade, no matter what else was going on in the oil and gas market.
And just last year, NGS more than doubled its average profit margin over the previous decade, from an average of 14% to 29%. That’s the sort of management you want running your company.
But now that oil and gas prices are rising, NGS is slated to do even more business…
On top of the stealth natural gas rally, oil prices have soared. They are up 37% over the last year and appear to be strengthening heading into the summer.
When oil and gas prices rise, producers need to drill for more to make money, and they’ll need the equipment to do it. That’s a great sign for NGS moving forward.
Plus, with that sort of profit margin, NGS is going to be converting even more of its revenue into profits.
And right now is the best time to get into the stock.
It currently has a perfect Money Morning VQScore™ of 4, which means it’s primed for growth right now.
Other analysts agree too. Every analyst covering the stock this year labels it a “Buy,” according to FactSet.
They give it a target price of $32 a share, a potential gain of 36% over the next 12 months. But that might be too conservative, as commodities prices continue to gain.
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