Atmos Energy (ATO) Receiving Somewhat Favorable Media Coverage, Report Shows

Media coverage about Atmos Energy (NYSE:ATO) has trended somewhat positive this week, according to Accern Sentiment. The research firm identifies positive and negative press coverage by reviewing more than 20 million news and blog sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Atmos Energy earned a coverage optimism score of 0.08 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media coverage about the utilities provider an impact score of 46.4890837731614 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the next few days.

Shares of Atmos Energy traded up $0.95, reaching $86.21, during trading on Tuesday, Marketbeat Ratings reports. The company had a trading volume of 546,000 shares, compared to its average volume of 581,001. The firm has a market cap of $9.43 billion, a PE ratio of 23.95, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 3.04 and a beta of 0.23. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.55, a quick ratio of 0.40 and a current ratio of 0.46. Atmos Energy has a fifty-two week low of $76.46 and a fifty-two week high of $93.56.

Atmos Energy (NYSE:ATO) last issued its earnings results on Wednesday, May 2nd. The utilities provider reported $1.57 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating analysts’ consensus estimates of $1.54 by $0.03. The company had revenue of $1.22 billion during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $1.11 billion. The business’s revenue for the quarter was up 23.4% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter last year, the company posted $1.52 EPS. equities analysts predict that Atmos Energy will post 3.99 earnings per share for the current year.

The firm also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Monday, June 4th. Investors of record on Monday, May 21st will be paid a dividend of $0.485 per share. The ex-dividend date is Friday, May 18th. This represents a $1.94 annualized dividend and a yield of 2.25%. Atmos Energy’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is 53.89%.

A number of equities research analysts have recently issued reports on the stock. Zacks Investment Research lowered shares of Atmos Energy from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Thursday, April 12th. JPMorgan Chase upped their target price on shares of Atmos Energy from $87.00 to $90.00 and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research note on Tuesday, April 10th. Bank of America restated a “buy” rating on shares of Atmos Energy in a research note on Tuesday, February 27th. Finally, Barclays set a $80.00 target price on shares of Atmos Energy and gave the company an “underweight” rating in a research note on Thursday, February 8th. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, two have assigned a hold rating and four have issued a buy rating to the company. The company has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $85.20.

About Atmos Energy

Atmos Energy Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, engages in the regulated natural gas distribution, and pipeline and storage businesses in the United States. It operates through Distribution, and Pipeline and Storage segments. The Distribution segment is involved in regulated natural gas distribution, and related sales and storage operations.

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