Somewhat Positive News Coverage Somewhat Unlikely to Impact Atmos Energy (ATO) Share Price

News stories about Atmos Energy (NYSE:ATO) have trended somewhat positive on Saturday, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. The research group scores the sentiment of press coverage by monitoring 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 news sentiment score of 0.20 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news coverage about the utilities provider an impact score of 45.8045062701184 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the next several days.

Several research firms have recently issued reports on ATO. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of Atmos Energy from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $94.00 price objective for the company in a research report on Friday, January 5th. JPMorgan Chase & Co. lifted their price target on shares of Atmos Energy from $91.00 to $94.00 and gave the stock an “overweight” rating in a research note on Thursday, October 12th. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, one has given a hold rating and four have given a buy rating to the stock. The company currently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $89.20.

Shares of Atmos Energy (ATO) traded down $0.16 during trading hours on Friday, reaching $79.84. 738,000 shares of the company traded hands, compared to its average volume of 567,061. Atmos Energy has a 12-month low of $72.58 and a 12-month high of $93.56. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.79, a current ratio of 0.53 and a quick ratio of 0.35. The firm has a market cap of $8,876.66, a price-to-earnings ratio of 21.35, a P/E/G ratio of 2.98 and a beta of 0.40.

Atmos Energy (NYSE:ATO) last announced its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, November 8th. The utilities provider reported $0.34 EPS for the quarter, hitting the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.34. During the same quarter last year, the business earned $0.40 EPS. research analysts anticipate that Atmos Energy will post 3.61 EPS for the current fiscal year.

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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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