Issuer Ranking: U.S. Regulated Natural Gas Utilities, Strongest To Weakest Oct 11

  • ID: 1931921
  • October 2011
  • Region: United States
  • Standard & Poors
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  • AGL Resources Inc.
  • DTE Gas Co.
  • National Fuel Gas Co.
  • Northwest Natural Gas Co.
  • Questar Pipeline Co.
  • The Laclede Group Inc.
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Standard & Poor's Ratings Services believes the outlook for credit quality in the U.S. natural gas utility sector for the remainder of 2011 will be stable. While we expect the economy to remain weak, we see little movement in regulated gas utilities' credit risk profiles during periods of economic change. The essential service that the sector provides and the rate-regulated nature of its businesses allow it to generate stable cash flows and recover its costs despite economic conditions. The following list ranks all the rated companies in this industry from strongest to weakest based on rating and outlook. Companies with the same rating and outlook are further ranked by our opinion of credit quality based primarily on business risks for...

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- Questar Corp.
- Energen Corp.
- Vectren Corp.
- NiSource Inc.
- South Jersey Industries Inc.
- SEMCO Energy Inc.
- AGL Resources Inc.
- Atmos Energy Corp.
- KeySpan Gas East Corp.
- Sempra Energy
- Vectren Utility Holdings Inc.
- WGL Holdings Inc.
- The Laclede Group Inc.
- Yankee Gas Services Co.
- SourceGas LLC
- PNG Cos. LLC
- Alabama Gas Corp.
- Atlanta Gas Light Co.
- Bay State Gas Co.
- Brooklyn Union Gas Co. (The)
- Cascade Natural Gas Corp.
- NSTAR Gas Co.
- Connecticut Natural Gas Corp.
- EQT Corp.
- Indiana Gas Co. Inc.
- Laclede Gas Co.
- DTE Gas Co.
- Questar Gas Co.
- National Fuel Gas Co.
- New Jersey Natural Gas Co.
- Nicor Inc.
- North Shore Gas Co.
- Nicor Gas Co.
- Northern Indiana Public Service Co.
- Northern Natural Gas Co.
- Northwest Natural Gas Co.
- The Peoples Gas Light & Coke Co.
- Piedmont Natural Gas Co. Inc.
- Public Service Co. of North Carolina Inc.
- San Diego Gas & Electric Co.
- South Jersey Gas Co.
- Southern California Gas Co.
- Southern Connecticut Gas Co.
- Southern Indiana Gas & Electric Co.
- Southwest Gas Corp.
- Washington Gas Light Co.
- Wisconsin Gas LLC
- Questar Pipeline Co.
- Peoples Energy LLC

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