Will This Natural Gas Distributor Beat the Market?

Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, natural gas distributor Atmos Energy (NYSE: ATO  ) has earned a coveted five-star ranking.

With that in mind, let's take a closer look at Atmos and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.

Atmos facts

Headquarters (founded)

Dallas, Texas (1906)

Market Cap

$3.7 billion

Industry

Gas utilities

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$3.4 billion

Management

CEO Kim Cocklin (since 2010)

CFO Bret Eckert (since 2012)

Return on Equity (average, past 3 years)

8.2%

Cash/Debt

$124.6 million / $2.8 billion

Dividend Yield

3.4%

Competitors

Energy Future Holdings

ONEOK

Xcel Energy

Sources: S&P Capital IQ and Motley Fool CAPS.

On CAPS, 87% of the 126 members who have rated Atmos believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.

Just yesterday, one of those Fools, mchedester, succinctly summed up the Atmos bull case for our community: "Natural gas should be a big part of the future. This company is my way to play natural gas. They make money in storage when supplies get backed up and they make money with sales when demand picks up."

If you want market-topping returns, you need to put together the best portfolio you can. Of course, despite its perfect five-star rating, Atmos may not be your top choice.

If that's the case, we've compiled a special free report for investors called "Secure Your Future With 9 Rock-Solid Dividend Stocks," which uncovers several other juicy income opportunities. The report is 100% free, but it won't be around forever, so click here to access it now.


Want to see how well (or not so well) the stocks in this series are performing? Follow the TrackPoisedTo CAPS account.


Read/Post Comments (0) | Recommend This Article (0)

Comments from our Foolish Readers

Help us keep this a respectfully Foolish area! This is a place for our readers to discuss, debate, and learn more about the Foolish investing topic you read about above. Help us keep it clean and safe. If you believe a comment is abusive or otherwise violates our Fool's Rules, please report it via the Report this Comment Report this Comment icon found on every comment.

Be the first one to comment on this article.

Sponsored Links

Leaked: Apple's Next Smart Device
(Warning, it may shock you)
The secret is out... experts are predicting 458 million of these types of devices will be sold per year. 1 hyper-growth company stands to rake in maximum profit - and it's NOT Apple. Show me Apple's new smart gizmo!

DocumentId: 2320286, ~/Articles/ArticleHandler.aspx, 10/25/2014 4:37:21 PM

Report This Comment

Use this area to report a comment that you believe is in violation of the community guidelines. Our team will review the entry and take any appropriate action.

Sending report...


Advertisement