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


Gas utilities

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$3.4 billion


CEO Kim Cocklin (since 2010)

CFO Bret Eckert (since 2012)

Return on Equity (average, past 3 years)



$124.6 million / $2.8 billion

Dividend Yield



Energy Future Holdings


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."

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