Media stories about Atmos Energy Corporation (NYSE:ATO) have trended somewhat positive recently, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. Accern scores the sentiment of news coverage by reviewing more than 20 million news and blog sources. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Atmos Energy Corporation earned a news impact score of 0.22 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media headlines about the utilities provider an impact score of 46.1080728147678 out of 100, meaning that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the next several days.
These are some of the media headlines that may have effected Accern Sentiment’s scoring:
- BRIEF-Atmos Energy names Jennifer Hills vice president, investor relations (feeds.reuters.com)
- ETFs with exposure to Atmos Energy Corp. : October 11, 2017 (finance.yahoo.com)
- Atmos Energy Corporation Names Jennifer Hills as Vice President, Investor Relations (finance.yahoo.com)
- Atmos Energy Corporation to Host Fiscal 2017 Year End Earnings Conference Call (finance.yahoo.com)
- Trending Movers to Watch: Atmos Energy Corporation, (NYSE:ATO), Aoxing Pharmaceutical Company, Inc., (NYSE:AXN) – Stocks In The News (press release) (tradingnewsnow.com)
A number of equities analysts have recently weighed in on the company. Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. (The) reiterated a “neutral” rating and set a $77.00 price target (up from $67.00) on shares of Atmos Energy Corporation in a report on Friday, September 1st. Argus increased their price target on Atmos Energy Corporation from $92.00 to $97.00 and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a report on Wednesday, August 23rd. BidaskClub upgraded Atmos Energy Corporation from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Friday, August 18th. Barclays PLC set a $84.00 price target on Atmos Energy Corporation and gave the stock a “sell” rating in a report on Sunday, August 6th. Finally, Zacks Investment Research cut Atmos Energy Corporation from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Friday, August 4th. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, two have issued a hold rating and five have given a buy rating to the company. Atmos Energy Corporation currently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $84.83.
Atmos Energy Corporation (ATO) opened at 86.20 on Thursday. Atmos Energy Corporation has a 1-year low of $68.51 and a 1-year high of $89.00. The firm has a market cap of $9.14 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 23.09 and a beta of 0.38. The company’s 50-day moving average price is $86.29 and its 200 day moving average price is $84.04.
Atmos Energy Corporation (NYSE:ATO) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, August 2nd. The utilities provider reported $0.67 EPS for the quarter, beating the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.66 by $0.01. The business had revenue of $526.50 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $596.52 million. During the same period in the prior year, the firm earned $0.64 EPS. On average, equities analysts expect that Atmos Energy Corporation will post $3.62 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.
In other news, Director Richard A. Sampson purchased 1,500 shares of the stock in a transaction on Tuesday, August 15th. The stock was purchased at an average price of $88.12 per share, with a total value of $132,180.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the director now owns 3,000 shares in the company, valued at $264,360. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through the SEC website. 1.57% of the stock is currently owned by insiders.
Atmos Energy Corporation 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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