Atmos Energy (ATO) Earns News Sentiment Score of 0.15

Media coverage about Atmos Energy (NYSE:ATO) has trended somewhat positive this week, according to Accern. The research group identifies positive and negative media coverage by reviewing more than 20 million news and blog sources. 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 0.15 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news headlines about the utilities provider an impact score of 46.5135410861013 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the immediate future.

These are some of the news headlines that may have effected Accern’s scoring:

A number of research firms have recently commented on ATO. J P Morgan Chase & Co raised their target price on Atmos Energy from $91.00 to $94.00 and gave the company an “overweight” rating in a research note on Thursday, October 12th. Goldman Sachs Group restated a “neutral” rating and issued a $77.00 target price (up previously from $67.00) on shares of Atmos Energy in a research note on Friday, September 1st. Argus raised their target price on Atmos Energy from $92.00 to $97.00 and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research note on Wednesday, August 23rd. BidaskClub upgraded Atmos Energy from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Friday, August 18th. Finally, Barclays set a $84.00 target price on Atmos Energy and gave the company a “sell” rating in a research note on Sunday, August 6th. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, two have given a hold rating and four have given a buy rating to the company. The company has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $86.80.

Atmos Energy (NYSE ATO) traded down $0.54 during mid-day trading on Monday, reaching $91.70. The company had a trading volume of 847,674 shares, compared to its average volume of 373,672. Atmos Energy has a one year low of $70.27 and a one year high of $93.56. The company has a current ratio of 0.53, a quick ratio of 0.35 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.79. The company has a market cap of $10,230.25, a price-to-earnings ratio of 25.13, a PEG ratio of 3.70 and a beta of 0.40.

Atmos Energy (NYSE:ATO) last posted its quarterly earnings data 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 business posted $0.40 EPS. equities research analysts predict that Atmos Energy will post 3.61 earnings per share for the current year.

The business also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Monday, December 11th. Investors of record on Monday, November 27th will be given a dividend of $0.485 per share. This represents a $1.94 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 2.12%. The ex-dividend date is Friday, November 24th. This is a positive change from Atmos Energy’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.45. Atmos Energy’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is 51.87%.

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About Atmos Energy

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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