NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- The ex-dividend date for Atmos Energy (NYSE: ATO) is tomorrow, November 22, 2011. Owners of shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 35 cents per share. At a price of $34.54 as of 9:30 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 4%. The average volume for Atmos Energy has been 482,900 shares per day over the past 30 days. Atmos Energy has a market cap of $3.15 billion and is part of the utilities sector and utilities industry. Shares are up 12% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Atmos Energy Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, engages in the natural gas distribution, transmission, and storage businesses in the United States. The company has a P/E ratio of 16.1, above the average utilities industry P/E ratio of 15.4 and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.
TheStreet Ratings rates Atmos Energy as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. You can view the full Atmos Energy Ratings Report. See our dividend calendar or top-yielding stocks list.