NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- The ex-dividend date for Southwest Gas Corporation (NYSE: SWX) is Monday, February 13, 2012. Owners of shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 27 cents per share. At a price of $42.09 as of 9:30 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 2.5%. The average volume for Southwest Gas has been 238,900 shares per day over the past 30 days. Southwest Gas has a market cap of $1.9 billion and is part of the utilities sector and utilities industry. Shares are down 0.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Southwest Gas Corporation engages in the purchase, distribution, and transportation of natural gas in Arizona, Nevada, and California. The company has a P/E ratio of 19.3, above the average utilities industry P/E ratio of 18.8 and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.
TheStreet Ratings rates Southwest Gas as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. You can view the full Southwest Gas Ratings Report. See our dividend calendar or top-yielding stocks list.