Atmos Energy Stock To Go Ex-dividend Tomorrow (ATO)

NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- The ex-dividend date for Atmos Energy (NYSE: ATO) is tomorrow, February 23, 2012. Owners of shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 35 cents per share. At a price of $32.07 as of 10:04 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 4.3%.

The average volume for Atmos Energy has been 584,100 shares per day over the past 30 days. Atmos Energy has a market cap of $2.91 billion and is part of the utilities sector and utilities industry. Shares are down 3.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

Atmos Energy Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, engages in the distribution, transmission, and storage of natural gas in the United States. It operates in three segments: Natural Gas Distribution, Regulated Transmission and Storage, and Non Regulated. The company has a P/E ratio of 15, above the average utilities industry P/E ratio of 14.2 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 attractive valuation levels and notable return on equity. 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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