NYSE:SO - Southern Stock Price, News, & Analysis Sign in or create an account to add this stock to your watchlist. Get Started $42.73 -1.10 (-2.51 %) (As of 09/26/2018 04:41 AM ET)Previous Close$43.83Today's Range$42.68 - $43.4652-Week Range$42.38 - $53.51Volume9.90 million shsAverage Volume6.19 million shsMarket Capitalization$44.63 billionP/E Ratio14.21Dividend Yield5.45%Beta-0.05 Company ProfileDiscussionAnalyst RatingsChartDividend HistoryEarnings HistoryFinancialsInsider TradesHeadlinesOptions ChainSEC FilingsSocial Media Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedInShare on RedditShare on StocktwitsPrint this articleShare by Email The Southern Company, through its subsidiaries, engages in the generation, transmission, and distribution of electricity. The company also constructs, acquires, owns, and manages power generation assets, including renewable energy facilities and sells electricity in the wholesale market; and distributes natural gas in Illinois, Georgia, Virginia, New Jersey, Florida, Tennessee, and Maryland, as well as provides gas marketing services, wholesale gas services, and gas midstream operations. It owns and/or operates 33 hydroelectric generating stations, 29 fossil fuel generating stations, 3 nuclear generating stations, 15 combined cycle/cogeneration stations, 35 solar facilities, 8 wind facilities, 1 biomass facility, and 1 landfill gas facility; and constructs, operates, and maintains 82,000 miles of natural gas pipelines and 14 storage facilities with total capacity of 158 Bcf to provide natural gas to residential, commercial, and industrial customers. The company has 46,000 megawatts of generating capacity and 1,500 billion cubic feet of combined natural gas consumption and throughput volume serving 9 million electric and gas utility customers. It also provides products and services in the areas of distributed generation infrastructure, energy efficiency, and utility infrastructure. In addition, the company offers digital wireless communications services with various communication options, including push to talk, cellular service, text messaging, wireless Internet access, and wireless data. The Southern Company was founded in 1945 and is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia. Receive SO News and Ratings via Email Sign-up to receive the latest news and ratings for SO and its competitors with MarketBeat's FREE daily newsletter. Industry, Sector and Symbol Stock Exchange NYSE Industry Electric services Sub-IndustryElectric Utilities SectorUtilities SymbolNYSE:SO CUSIP84258710 Webwww.southernco.com Phone404-506-5000 Debt Debt-to-Equity Ratio1.59 Current Ratio0.81 Quick Ratio0.68 Price-To-Earnings Trailing P/E Ratio14.21 Forward P/E Ratio14.39 P/E Growth3.29 Sales & Book Value Annual Sales$23.03 billion Price / Sales1.88 Cash Flow$6.2654 per share Price / Cash6.82 Book Value$24.08 per share Price / Book1.77 Profitability EPS (Most Recent Fiscal Year)$3.02 Net Income$880 million Net Margins9.96% Return on Equity13.06% Return on Assets3.00% Miscellaneous Employees31,344 Outstanding Shares1,014,140,000Market Cap$44.63 billion Southern (NYSE:SO) Frequently Asked Questions What is Southern's stock symbol? Southern trades on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) under the ticker symbol "SO." How often does Southern pay dividends? What is the dividend yield for Southern? Southern declared a quarterly dividend on Monday, July 16th. Investors of record on Monday, August 20th will be given a dividend of $0.60 per share on Thursday, September 6th. This represents a $2.40 annualized dividend and a yield of 5.62%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Friday, August 17th. View Southern's Dividend History. How were Southern's earnings last quarter? Southern Co (NYSE:SO) posted its earnings results on Wednesday, August, 8th. The utilities provider reported $0.80 earnings per share for the quarter, topping the Thomson Reuters' consensus estimate of $0.69 by $0.11. The utilities provider had revenue of $5.63 billion for the quarter, compared to analysts' expectations of $5.28 billion. Southern had a net margin of 9.96% and a return on equity of 13.06%. Southern's quarterly revenue was up 3.6% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter in the prior year, the company earned $0.73 EPS. View Southern's Earnings History. When is Southern's next earnings date? Southern is scheduled to release their next quarterly earnings announcement on Wednesday, November, 7th 2018. View Earnings Estimates for Southern. What price target have analysts set for SO? 16 equities research analysts have issued 12-month price objectives for Southern's stock. Their forecasts range from $43.00 to $53.00. On average, they expect Southern's stock price to reach $46.3214 in the next twelve months. This suggests a possible upside of 8.4% from the stock's current price. View Analyst Price Targets for Southern. What is the consensus analysts' recommendation for Southern? 16 Wall Street analysts have issued "buy," "hold," and "sell" ratings for Southern in the last year. There are currently 7 sell ratings, 8 hold ratings and 1 buy rating for the stock, resulting in a consensus recommendation of "Hold." View Analyst Ratings for Southern. Are investors shorting Southern? Southern saw a drop in short interest during the month of September. As of September 14th, there was short interest totalling 28,203,582 shares, a drop of 11.6% from the August 31st total of 31,889,350 shares. Based on an average daily volume of 7,212,740 shares, the short-interest ratio is presently 3.9 days. Approximately 2.8% of the company's stock are sold short. View Southern's Current Options Chain. Who are some of Southern's key competitors? Some companies that are related to Southern include NextEra Energy (NEE), Enel S.p.A. ADS (ENLAY), Dominion Energy (D), American Electric Power (AEP), CLP (CLPHY), Edison International (EIX), Tenaga Nasional Bhd (TNABY), PPL (PPL), DTE Energy (DTE), Eversource Energy (ES), FirstEnergy (FE), Korea Electric Power (KEP), Avangrid (AGR), SSE PLC/S (SSEZY) and Entergy (ETR). Who are Southern's key executives? Southern's management team includes the folowing people: Mr. Thomas A. Fanning, Chairman, Pres & CEO (Age 61)Mr. Andrew William Evans, Exec. VP & CFO (Age 51)Mr. William Paul Bowers, Exec. VP (Age 62)Mr. Mark A. Crosswhite, Exec. VP (Age 56)Mr. Arthur P. Beattie, Consultant (Age 64) Who are Southern's major shareholders? Southern's stock is owned by a number of of retail and institutional investors. Top institutional investors include BlackRock Inc. (6.38%), Massachusetts Financial Services Co. MA (1.71%), Northern Trust Corp (1.16%), Bank of New York Mellon Corp (1.03%), Bank of New York Mellon Corp (1.03%) and Federated Investors Inc. PA (0.90%). Company insiders that own Southern stock include Ann P Daiss, Art P Beattie, Christopher C Womack, James Y Kerr II, Mark Lantrip, Stan W Connally and William P Bowers. View Institutional Ownership Trends for Southern. Which major investors are selling Southern stock? SO stock was sold by a variety of institutional investors in the last quarter, including Canada Pension Plan Investment Board, Hexavest Inc., Wells Fargo & Company MN, Advisors Asset Management Inc., State of New Jersey Common Pension Fund D, Janus Henderson Group PLC, Rockland Trust Co. and Russell Investments Group Ltd.. Company insiders that have sold Southern company stock in the last year include Ann P Daiss, Art P Beattie, Christopher C Womack, James Y Kerr II and William P Bowers. View Insider Buying and Selling for Southern. Which major investors are buying Southern stock? SO stock was bought by a variety of institutional investors in the last quarter, including Massachusetts Financial Services Co. MA, Morgan Stanley, BlackRock Inc., Commonwealth Bank of Australia, Mainstay Capital Management LLC ADV, Integrated Investment Consultants LLC, Integrated Investment Consultants LLC and California Public Employees Retirement System. View Insider Buying and Selling for Southern. How do I buy shares of Southern? Shares of SO can be purchased through any online brokerage account. Popular online brokerages with access to the U.S. stock market include Vanguard Brokerage Services, TD Ameritrade, E*TRADE, Scottrade, Fidelity and Charles Schwab. What is Southern's stock price today? One share of SO stock can currently be purchased for approximately $42.73. How big of a company is Southern? Southern has a market capitalization of $44.63 billion and generates $23.03 billion in revenue each year. The utilities provider earns $880 million in net income (profit) each year or $3.02 on an earnings per share basis. Southern employs 31,344 workers across the globe. What is Southern's official website? The official website for Southern is http://www.southernco.com. How can I contact Southern? Southern's mailing address is 30 Ivan Allen Jr. Boulevard N.W., Atlanta GA, 30308. The utilities provider can be reached via phone at 404-506-5000 or via email at [email protected] MarketBeat Community Rating for Southern (NYSE SO)Community Ranking: 1.8 out of 5 ()Outperform Votes: 385 (Vote Outperform)Underperform Votes: 707 (Vote Underperform)Total Votes: 1,092MarketBeat's community ratings are surveys of what our community members think about Southern and other stocks. Vote "Outperform" if you believe SO will outperform the S&P 500 over the long term. Vote "Underperform" if you believe SO will underperform the S&P 500 over the long term. You may vote once every thirty days. This page was last updated on 9/26/2018 by MarketBeat.com StaffFeatured Article: What is the Ex-Dividend Date in Investing?