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 0.10 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media headlines about the utilities provider an impact score of 45.0628151790584 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.
Here are some of the media headlines that may have impacted Accern Sentiment Analysis’s rankings:
- Early Moves to Watch – Atmos Energy Corporation, (NYSE: ATO) – Stock Watch (stocksnewstimes.com)
- Notable Indicators to Study Before Making Any Investment Decision – Atmos Energy Corporation (NYSE: ATO) – Alpha Beta Stock (alphabetastock.com)
- Atmos Energy (ATO) Rating Increased to Buy at Zacks Investment Research (americanbankingnews.com)
- Wells Fargo & Company MN Has $31.18 Million Holdings in Atmos Energy Co. (ATO) (americanbankingnews.com)
- Zacks Investment Research Downgrades Atmos Energy (ATO) to Hold (americanbankingnews.com)
Atmos Energy (NYSE:ATO) traded up $0.43 on Friday, hitting $80.23. Atmos Energy has a 1-year low of $76.46 and a 1-year high of $93.56. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.67, a current ratio of 0.81 and a quick ratio of 0.64. The stock has a market cap of $8,900.00, a PE ratio of 20.41, a P/E/G ratio of 2.87 and a beta of 0.33.
The business also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Monday, March 12th. Stockholders of record on Monday, February 26th will be given a dividend of $0.485 per share. This represents a $1.94 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 2.42%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Friday, February 23rd. Atmos Energy’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 49.36%.
A number of research analysts have issued reports on ATO shares. Zacks Investment Research upgraded Atmos Energy from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $103.00 price target for the company in a research report on Tuesday, December 12th. Argus reduced their price target on Atmos Energy from $97.00 to $89.00 and set a “buy” rating for the company in a research report on Thursday, January 18th. JPMorgan Chase & Co. reiterated an “overweight” rating and set a $87.00 price target (down previously from $90.00) on shares of Atmos Energy in a research report on Thursday, February 8th. Barclays set a $80.00 price target on Atmos Energy and gave the stock an “underweight” rating in a research report on Thursday, February 8th. Finally, Bank of America reiterated a “buy” rating on shares of Atmos Energy in a research report on Tuesday, February 27th. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, two have assigned a hold rating and four have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $84.60.
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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