Newfield Exploration (NYSE: NFX) is one of 246 public companies in the “Oil & Gas Exploration and Production” industry, but how does it compare to its peers? We will compare Newfield Exploration to related businesses based on the strength of its analyst recommendations, risk, institutional ownership, profitability, earnings, valuation and dividends.

Profitability

This table compares Newfield Exploration and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Newfield Exploration 18.82% 33.17% 7.88%
Newfield Exploration Competitors -437.36% -2.59% 0.96%

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Newfield Exploration and its peers gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Newfield Exploration $1.63 billion $903.00 million 19.46
Newfield Exploration Competitors $1.40 billion $602.68 million 21.81

Newfield Exploration has higher revenue and earnings than its peers. Newfield Exploration is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its peers, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and recommmendations for Newfield Exploration and its peers, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Newfield Exploration 1 7 17 0 2.64
Newfield Exploration Competitors 1436 7434 12049 255 2.53

Newfield Exploration currently has a consensus target price of $40.81, indicating a potential upside of 37.04%. As a group, “Oil & Gas Exploration and Production” companies have a potential upside of 36.51%. Given Newfield Exploration’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, research analysts clearly believe Newfield Exploration is more favorable than its peers.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

99.2% of Newfield Exploration shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 61.2% of shares of all “Oil & Gas Exploration and Production” companies are held by institutional investors. 0.5% of Newfield Exploration shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 11.8% of shares of all “Oil & Gas Exploration and Production” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Risk & Volatility

Newfield Exploration has a beta of 1.53, suggesting that its share price is 53% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Newfield Exploration’s peers have a beta of 1.42, suggesting that their average share price is 42% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Newfield Exploration beats its peers on 10 of the 13 factors compared.

Newfield Exploration Company Profile

Newfield Exploration Company is an independent exploration and production company. It is engaged in the exploration, development and production of crude oil, natural gas and natural gas liquids. Its operating segments are the United States and China. Its the United States operations are onshore and focus primarily on large scale, liquids resource plays. Its principal areas of operation are the Anadarko and Arkoma basins of Oklahoma, the Williston Basin of North Dakota and the Uinta Basin of Utah. It has oil producing assets offshore China. As of December 31, 2016, its proved reserves of 513 million barrels of oil equivalents (MMBOE) consisted of 304 MMBOE proved developed producing, 10 MMBOE proved developed non-producing and 199 MMBOE proved undeveloped reserves. As of December 31, 2016, its proved liquids reserves were 285 million barrels of crude oil or other liquid hydrocarbons. As of December 31, 2016, 67% of its proved liquids reserves were crude oil or condensate.

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