Things have changed, but people remain as stupid as ever. Your comparison is useless, since PWE's price has nothing to do with your savings rate at etrade. PWE used to be $45 a share. Yes, things have certainly changed.
Natural gas on January 23, 2006 was $8.25 per MMBtu. Today it is pushing $3.00 per MMBtu. Oil was around $70 per barrel in 2006. In December 2012, oil closed at $85 per barrel. Oil has risen nearly $10 per barrel in less than a month.
n my long association with PWE as an investor, PWE has traded more as a NG stock than an oil stock? This seems to be a partial explanation why PWE is trading at a lower price than in 2006. Then add to this the total collapse of the market in 2008 and the fact that retail investors are in large part still on the sidelines and you have a fairly good insight as to why this stock has collapsed. But that's not all. The fact that the pipeline to the USA has not happened has repelled many U.S. investors from buying PWE. IMHO, PWE is a bargain at this level.
If you think that demand for NG will be going up in North America as coal plants are retired, or if you think pipelines will eventually be built to increase export of LNG to the world market where prices are much higher, then PWE looks like a bargain.
If you think that natural gas prices will never go up, then PWE is not a good stock for you.
Personally, I've chosen to buy. My timeline is not next month - but within the next 2-3 years. Meanwhile, the dividend is great consolation while I wait.