NEW YORK (

TheStreet

) -- The ex-dividend date for

Atmos Energy

(NYSE:

ATO

) is tomorrow, August 23, 2011. Owners of shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 34 cents per share. At a price of $31.97 as of 10:05 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 4.3%.

The average volume for Atmos Energy has been 487,300 shares per day over the past 30 days. Atmos Energy has a market cap of $2.9 billion and is part of the

utilities

sector and

utilities

industry. Shares are up 1.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

Atmos Energy Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, engages primarily in the distribution, transmission, and storage of natural gas in the United States. The company has a P/E ratio of 14.2, equal to the average utilities industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Atmos Energy as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income, revenue growth and reasonable valuation levels. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. You can view the full

Atmos Energy Ratings Report

.

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