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Valuation Today: Atmos Energy Corporation (NYSE: ATO)


Atmos Energy Corporation is in the regulated utilities industry and is part of the utilities sector. Atmos Energy Corp is engaged in the utilities sector. It distributes natural gas to residential, commercial, public authority and industrial customers.

Previous Intraday Trading Performance:

The ATO stock showed a previous change of 0.40% with an open at 100.02 and a close of 100.56. It reached an intraday high of 100.56 and a low of 99.76.

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The stock has a market cap of $11.8b with 116.9m shares outstanding, of which the float is 114.0m shares. Trading volume reached 691,433 shares compared to its average volume of 1,990,505 shares. Based on the current average volume and close price, the trading liquidity is good.

Historical Trading Performance:

Over the last five trading days, Atmos Energy Corporation shares returned 1.20% and in the past 30 trading days it returned 7.17%. Over three months, it changed 2.63%. In one year it has changed 26.66% and within that year its 52-week high was 100.76 and its 52-week low was 79.49. ATO stock is 26.51% above its 52 Week Low.

Our calculations show a 200 day moving average of 92.54 and a 50 day moving average of 95.40. Currently ATO stock is trading 8.66% above its 200 day moving average.

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The last annual fiscal EPS for the company was reported at 5.47 that ended on 30th of September 2018, which according to the previous close, that is a PE of 18.38. Based on 3 analyst estimates, the consensus EPS for the next quarter is 0.37. The TTM EPS is 4.02, which comes to a TTM PE of 25.01. Historically, the PE high was 26.50 and the PE low was 15.50. If the stock reached its PE low, that would represent a price of 62.32, which is a decrease of -38.02%.

The following are the last four quarter reported earnings per share:
12-31-2018:  1.38
09-30-2018:  0.41
06-30-2018:  0.64
03-31-2018:  1.57

The dividend per share is currently 2.10, which is a dividend yield of 2.09%. Also, the payout ratio is 52.24%, therefore the dividend is safe according to our calculations.

Indicators to Watch:

Based on the latest filings, there is 2.60% of insider ownership and 114.70% of institutional ownership. Short-interest is 3,382,994, which is 2.89% of shares outstanding. The short-interest ratio or days-to-cover ratio is 1.52. This stock has some short interest, but it may be normal and no cause for concern if long the position.

The current calculated beta is 0.27

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Fundamental Indicators:

Based on last reported financials, the company’s return on equity is 9.00%, return on assets is 3.74%, profit margin is 14.39%, price-to-sales is 3.77 and price-to-book is 2.19.

Company Scores:

All scores are out of six:
 2  :Valuation Score
 2  :Past Performance Score
 3  :Financial Strength Score
 2  :Future Growth Score
 5  :Dividend Score
 2  :Overall Score

John Jones
Worked for several Wall Street firms: Salomon Smith Barney, UBS, and Charles Schwab. Has developed skills and gained extensive experience over the years that is used today to uncover winning penny stocks.Also was an attorney for small businesses in Scottsdale, Arizona. That experience and understanding of law provides a unique perspective and edge in discovering quality companies in various industries.