News stories about Atmos Energy (NYSE:ATO) have been trending somewhat positive this week, Accern reports. Accern scores the sentiment of news coverage by reviewing more than 20 million blog and news sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Atmos Energy earned a news impact score of 0.22 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media headlines about the utilities provider an impact score of 45.7357027661699 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the next few days.

Several equities research analysts have issued reports on the company. Zacks Investment Research upgraded Atmos Energy from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $103.00 price objective on the stock in a report on Tuesday. J P Morgan Chase & Co lifted their price objective on Atmos Energy from $91.00 to $94.00 and gave the stock an “overweight” rating in a report on Thursday, October 12th. Goldman Sachs Group restated a “neutral” rating and set a $77.00 price objective (up from $67.00) on shares of Atmos Energy in a report on Friday, September 1st. Argus boosted their price target on Atmos Energy from $92.00 to $97.00 and gave the company a “buy” rating in a report on Wednesday, August 23rd. Finally, BidaskClub upgraded Atmos Energy from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Friday, August 18th. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, one has given a hold rating and five have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company currently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $89.50.

Shares of Atmos Energy (NYSE ATO) traded down $2.63 during midday trading on Tuesday, hitting $89.28. The stock had a trading volume of 536,868 shares, compared to its average volume of 379,551. Atmos Energy has a 1-year low of $72.02 and a 1-year high of $93.56. The company has a quick ratio of 0.35, a current ratio of 0.53 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.79. The company has a market cap of $9,470.00, a P/E ratio of 25.01, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 3.69 and a beta of 0.40.

Atmos Energy (NYSE:ATO) last issued its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, November 8th. The utilities provider reported $0.34 earnings per share for the quarter, meeting the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.34. During the same period in the prior year, the company earned $0.40 earnings per share. research analysts forecast that Atmos Energy will post 3.61 EPS for the current year.

The company also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Monday, December 11th. Stockholders of record on Monday, November 27th were issued a $0.485 dividend. This represents a $1.94 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 2.17%. This is an increase from Atmos Energy’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.45. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Friday, November 24th. Atmos Energy’s payout ratio is 53.74%.

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Atmos Energy Company Profile

Atmos Energy Corporation is a fully-regulated, natural-gas-only distributor engaged primarily in the regulated natural gas distribution and pipeline businesses, as well as other nonregulated natural gas businesses. It operates through three segments: regulated distribution segment, which includes its regulated distribution and related sales operations; regulated pipeline segment, which includes pipeline and storage operations of its Atmos Pipeline-Texas Division, and nonregulated segment, which includes its nonregulated natural gas management, nonregulated natural gas transmission, storage and other services.

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