Media coverage about Atmos Energy (NYSE:ATO) has been trending positive on Saturday, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. The research firm scores the sentiment of news coverage by reviewing more than twenty million news and blog sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Atmos Energy earned a media sentiment score of 0.29 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned media coverage about the utilities provider an impact score of 45.5131187126332 out of 100, meaning that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the near term.

Shares of Atmos Energy (ATO) traded down $0.05 on Friday, reaching $89.37. 1,487,936 shares of the company’s stock were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 588,041. The stock has a market cap of $9,917.48, a price-to-earnings ratio of 24.36, a PEG ratio of 3.34 and a beta of 0.40. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.79, a quick ratio of 0.35 and a current ratio of 0.53. Atmos Energy has a 1-year low of $72.54 and a 1-year high of $93.56.

Atmos Energy (NYSE:ATO) last announced its earnings results on Wednesday, November 8th. The utilities provider reported $0.34 earnings per share for the quarter, meeting analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.34. During the same quarter in the previous year, the business earned $0.40 EPS. research analysts expect that Atmos Energy will post 3.61 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The business also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Monday, December 11th. Stockholders of record on Monday, November 27th were paid a $0.485 dividend. This represents a $1.94 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 2.17%. This is a positive change from Atmos Energy’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.45. The ex-dividend date was Friday, November 24th. Atmos Energy’s dividend payout ratio is 51.87%.

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

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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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