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What to Expect from the Markets in a Recession
China July exports rise, with trade surplus at record-high
What's in Democrats' big bill? Climate, health care, savings
Shift in war's front seen as ships cleared to leave Ukraine
Demand for grocery delivery cools as food costs rise
Transit woes mount for Boston's beleaguered subway riders
Bangladesh seeks China help to repatriate Rohingya refugees
S&P 500   4,145.19
DOW   32,803.47
QQQ   321.75
What to Expect from the Markets in a Recession
China July exports rise, with trade surplus at record-high
What's in Democrats' big bill? Climate, health care, savings
Shift in war's front seen as ships cleared to leave Ukraine
Demand for grocery delivery cools as food costs rise
Transit woes mount for Boston's beleaguered subway riders
Bangladesh seeks China help to repatriate Rohingya refugees
S&P 500   4,145.19
DOW   32,803.47
QQQ   321.75
What to Expect from the Markets in a Recession
China July exports rise, with trade surplus at record-high
What's in Democrats' big bill? Climate, health care, savings
Shift in war's front seen as ships cleared to leave Ukraine
Demand for grocery delivery cools as food costs rise
Transit woes mount for Boston's beleaguered subway riders
Bangladesh seeks China help to repatriate Rohingya refugees
NYSE:SO

Southern - SO Stock Forecast, Price & News

$77.27
-0.70 (-0.90%)
(As of 08/5/2022 08:49 PM ET)
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Today's Range
$76.42
$77.87
50-Day Range
$65.39
$77.97
52-Week Range
$60.99
$78.78
Volume
4.14 million shs
Average Volume
5.48 million shs
Market Capitalization
$82.14 billion
P/E Ratio
27.21
Dividend Yield
3.52%
Price Target
$75.70

Southern MarketRank™ Forecast

Analyst Rating
Hold
2.25 Rating Score
Upside/​Downside
2.0% Downside
$75.70 Price Target
Short Interest
Healthy
1.40% of Shares Sold Short
Dividend Strength
Strong
Based on Four Factors
Sustainability
-6.08
Upright™ Environmental Score
News Sentiment
0.33mentions of Southern in the last 14 days
Based on 21 Articles This Week
Insider Trading
Selling Shares
$5.08 M Sold Last Quarter
Proj. Earnings Growth
4.99%
From $3.61 to $3.79 Per Share

Overall MarketRank

MarketRank is calculated as an average of available category scores, with extra weight given to analysis and valuation.

2.40 out of 5 stars

Utilities Sector

34th out of 107 stocks

Electric Services Industry

12th out of 54 stocks

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About Southern (NYSE:SO) Stock

The Southern Company, through its subsidiaries, engages in the generation, transmission, and distribution of electricity. It operates through Gas Distribution Operations, Gas Pipeline Investments, Wholesale Gas Services, and Gas Marketing Services segments. The company also develops, constructs, acquires, owns, and manages power generation assets, including renewable energy projects and sells electricity in the wholesale market; and distributes natural gas in Illinois, Georgia, Virginia, and Tennessee, as well as provides gas marketing services, wholesale gas services, and gas pipeline investments operations. In addition, it owns and/or operates 30 hydroelectric generating stations, 24 fossil fuel generating stations, three nuclear generating stations, 13 combined cycle/cogeneration stations, 45 solar facilities, 15 wind facilities, one fuel cell facility, and four battery storage facility; and constructs, operates, and maintains 76,289 miles of natural gas pipelines and 14 storage facilities with total capacity of 157 Bcf to provide natural gas to residential, commercial, and industrial customers. The company serves approximately 8.7 million electric and gas utility customers. Further, the company offers digital wireless communications and fiber optics services. The Southern Company was incorporated in 1945 and is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia.

Southern Price Performance

Shares of SO traded down $0.70 during trading hours on Friday, hitting $77.27. 4,136,366 shares of the company were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 4,410,230. The company has a market capitalization of $82.14 billion, a PE ratio of 27.21, a PEG ratio of 5.36 and a beta of 0.50. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.55, a current ratio of 0.85 and a quick ratio of 0.67. The firm has a fifty day simple moving average of $72.20 and a 200-day simple moving average of $71.23. Southern has a one year low of $60.99 and a one year high of $78.78.

Southern (NYSE:SO - Get Rating) last released its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, July 28th. The utilities provider reported $1.07 earnings per share for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $0.84 by $0.23. The business had revenue of $7.21 billion during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $5.31 billion. Southern had a return on equity of 12.09% and a net margin of 12.13%. The company's revenue was up 38.6% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period last year, the company posted $0.84 EPS. As a group, sell-side analysts predict that Southern will post 3.61 earnings per share for the current year.

Southern Announces Dividend

The business also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Tuesday, September 6th. Stockholders of record on Monday, August 15th will be paid a dividend of $0.68 per share. This represents a $2.72 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 3.52%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Friday, August 12th. Southern's dividend payout ratio is presently 95.77%.

Wall Street Analysts Forecast Growth

SO has been the topic of several analyst reports. Credit Suisse Group initiated coverage on Southern in a research report on Monday, April 25th. They issued an "underperform" rating and a $77.00 target price on the stock. Barclays lowered their target price on Southern from $82.00 to $79.00 and set an "overweight" rating on the stock in a research report on Monday, July 18th. Guggenheim raised their target price on Southern from $76.00 to $80.00 in a research report on Thursday, July 21st. Morgan Stanley lowered their target price on Southern from $67.00 to $66.00 and set an "underweight" rating on the stock in a research report on Monday, May 23rd. Finally, Wells Fargo & Company raised their target price on Southern from $68.00 to $80.00 and gave the company an "equal weight" rating in a research report on Tuesday, April 19th. Two analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, six have assigned a hold rating and five have assigned a buy rating to the company. According to data from MarketBeat.com, the company has an average rating of "Hold" and an average price target of $75.70.

Insider Transactions at Southern

In other news, EVP James Y. Kerr II sold 25,000 shares of the firm's stock in a transaction on Friday, July 29th. The stock was sold at an average price of $76.00, for a total value of $1,900,000.00. Following the completion of the sale, the executive vice president now owns 136,987 shares of the company's stock, valued at $10,411,012. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is accessible through this link. In other news, CEO Stephen E. Kuczynski sold 14,500 shares of the firm's stock in a transaction on Friday, June 10th. The stock was sold at an average price of $72.08, for a total value of $1,045,160.00. Following the completion of the sale, the chief executive officer now owns 115,284 shares of the company's stock, valued at $8,309,670.72. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is accessible through this link. Also, EVP James Y. Kerr II sold 25,000 shares of Southern stock in a transaction on Friday, July 29th. The shares were sold at an average price of $76.00, for a total value of $1,900,000.00. Following the sale, the executive vice president now directly owns 136,987 shares of the company's stock, valued at approximately $10,411,012. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders sold a total of 68,500 shares of company stock valued at $5,083,910 in the last three months. 0.37% of the stock is currently owned by corporate insiders.

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SO Stock News Headlines

Southern (NYSE:SO) Sets New 52-Week High at $78.57
Analysts Set The Southern Company (NYSE:SO) PT at $74.60
Southern (SO) to Release Earnings on Thursday
Southern (NYSE:SO) PT Raised to $80.00
Southern (NYSE:SO) Given New $79.00 Price Target at Barclays
Recap: Southern Q4 Earnings
The Southern Co. to Host Earnings Call
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SO Company Calendar

Ex-Dividend for 6/6 Dividend
5/13/2022
Dividend Payable
6/06/2022
Last Earnings
7/28/2022
Today
8/08/2022
Ex-Dividend for 9/6 Dividend
8/12/2022
Dividend Payable
9/06/2022
Next Earnings (Estimated)
11/03/2022
Fiscal Year End
12/31/2022

Industry, Sector and Symbol

Industry
Electric services
Sub-Industry
Electric Utilities
Sector
Utilities
CUSIP
84258710
Employees
27,300
Year Founded
1945

Price Target and Rating

Average Stock Price Forecast
$75.70
High Stock Price Forecast
$87.00
Low Stock Price Forecast
$66.00
Forecasted Upside/Downside
-2.0%
Consensus Rating
Hold
Rating Score (0-4)
2.25
Research Coverage
12 Analysts

Profitability

Net Income
$2.41 billion
Pretax Margin
13.43%

Debt

Sales & Book Value

Annual Sales
$23.11 billion
Cash Flow
$7.16 per share
Book Value
$31.06 per share

Miscellaneous

Outstanding Shares
1,063,001,000
Free Float
1,059,068,000
Market Cap
$82.14 billion
Optionable
Optionable
Beta
0.50

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SO Stock - Frequently Asked Questions

Should I buy or sell Southern stock right now?

12 Wall Street research analysts have issued "buy," "hold," and "sell" ratings for Southern in the last year. There are currently 2 sell ratings, 5 hold ratings and 5 buy ratings for the stock. The consensus among Wall Street research analysts is that investors should "hold" Southern stock. A hold rating indicates that analysts believe investors should maintain any existing positions they have in SO, but not buy additional shares or sell existing shares.
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What is Southern's stock price forecast for 2022?

12 brokerages have issued 1-year price targets for Southern's stock. Their SO stock forecasts range from $66.00 to $87.00. On average, they anticipate Southern's share price to reach $75.70 in the next twelve months. This suggests that the stock has a possible downside of 2.0%.
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How has Southern's stock performed in 2022?

Southern's stock was trading at $68.58 at the beginning of the year. Since then, SO stock has increased by 12.7% and is now trading at $77.27.
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When is Southern's next earnings date?

Southern is scheduled to release its next quarterly earnings announcement on Thursday, November 3rd 2022.
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How were Southern's earnings last quarter?

The Southern Company (NYSE:SO) released its earnings results on Thursday, July, 28th. The utilities provider reported $1.07 earnings per share for the quarter, topping analysts' consensus estimates of $0.84 by $0.23. The utilities provider had revenue of $7.21 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $5.31 billion. Southern had a trailing twelve-month return on equity of 12.09% and a net margin of 12.13%. Southern's revenue was up 38.6% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period in the previous year, the business posted $0.84 EPS.
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How often does Southern pay dividends? What is the dividend yield for Southern?

Southern announced a quarterly dividend on Monday, July 18th. Shareholders of record on Monday, August 15th will be paid a dividend of $0.68 per share on Tuesday, September 6th. This represents a $2.72 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 3.52%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Friday, August 12th.
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Is Southern a good dividend stock?

Southern(NYSE:SO) pays an annual dividend of $2.72 per share and currently has a dividend yield of 3.52%. Southern has been increasing its dividend for 22 consecutive years, indicating the company has a strong committment to maintain and grow its dividend. The dividend payout ratio of Southern is 95.77%. Payout ratios above 75% are not desirable because they may not be sustainable. Based on earnings estimates, Southern will have a dividend payout ratio of 71.77% next year. This indicates that Southern will be able to sustain or increase its dividend.
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What guidance has Southern issued on next quarter's earnings?

Southern updated its third quarter 2022 earnings guidance on Friday, August, 5th. The company provided earnings per share guidance of $1.32-$1.32 for the period, compared to the consensus earnings per share estimate of $1.31. The company issued revenue guidance of -.

What is Thomas A. Fanning's approval rating as Southern's CEO?

235 employees have rated Southern CEO Thomas A. Fanning on Glassdoor.com. Thomas A. Fanning has an approval rating of 85% among Southern's employees.

What other stocks do shareholders of Southern own?

Based on aggregate information from My MarketBeat watchlists, some companies that other Southern investors own include AT&T (T), Verizon Communications (VZ), AbbVie (ABBV), Johnson & Johnson (JNJ), Duke Energy (DUK), Pfizer (PFE), Exxon Mobil (XOM), Coca-Cola (KO), Altria Group (MO) and Chevron (CVX).

What is Southern's stock symbol?

Southern trades on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) under the ticker symbol "SO."

Who are Southern's major shareholders?

Southern's stock is owned by many different institutional and retail investors. Top institutional shareholders include Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Holdings Inc. (0.31%), Victory Capital Management Inc. (0.18%), Confluence Investment Management LLC (0.18%), Envestnet Asset Management Inc. (0.14%), Reaves W H & Co. Inc. (0.12%) and State Board of Administration of Florida Retirement System (0.11%). Company insiders that own Southern stock include Ann P Daiss, Anthony L Wilson, Bryan D Anderson, Bryan D Anderson, Christopher C Womack, Christopher C Womack, Christopher Cummiskey, Daniel S Tucker, David J Grain, Ernest J Moniz, James Y Kerr II, Kimberly S Greene, Martin Bernard Davis, Stan W Connally, Stephen E Kuczynski, Stephen E Kuczynski and Thomas A Fanning.
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How do I buy shares of Southern?

Shares of SO stock can be purchased through any online brokerage account. Popular online brokerages with access to the U.S. stock market include WeBull, Vanguard Brokerage Services, TD Ameritrade, E*TRADE, Robinhood, Fidelity, and Charles Schwab.
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What is Southern's stock price today?

One share of SO stock can currently be purchased for approximately $77.27.

How much money does Southern make?

Southern (NYSE:SO) has a market capitalization of $82.14 billion and generates $23.11 billion in revenue each year. The utilities provider earns $2.41 billion in net income (profit) each year or $2.84 on an earnings per share basis.

How many employees does Southern have?

Southern employs 27,300 workers across the globe.

Does Southern have any subsidiaries?

The following companies are subsidiares of Southern: AGL Resources, Adobe Solar LLC, Alabama Power, Alabama Power Capital Trust V, Alabama Property Company, Apex Nevada Solar LLC, Atlanta Gas Light Company, BNB Lamesa Solar LLC, BSP Holding Company LLC (4), Bethel Wind Farm Class B Holdings LLC, Bethel Wind Farm Holdings LLC, Bethel Wind Farm LLC, Blackwell Solar Holdings LLC, Blackwell Solar LLC, Boulder Solar Power LLC, Boulder Solar Power Parent LLC, Cactus Flats Holdings LLC (10), Calipatria LLC, Campo Verde Solar LLC, Desert Stateline Holdings LLC (5), Desert Stateline LLC, East Pecos Solar LLC, Evergreen Enterprise Holdings LLC, Georgia Natural Gas Company, Georgia Power Company, Grant County Interconnect LLC (7), Grant Plains Wind LLC, Grant Wind LLC, Granville Solar LLC, Kay Wind LLC, Lost Hills Blackwell Holdings LLC (4), Lost Hills Solar Holdco LLC, Lost Hills Solar LLC, Macho Springs Solar 2 LLC, Macho Springs Solar LLC, Mankato Energy Center II LLC, Mankato Energy Center LLC, Mississippi Power Company, Morelos Solar LLC, NS Solar Holdings LLC (4), Nacogdoches Power LLC, North Star Solar LLC, Northern Illinois Gas Company (12), Ottawa Acquisition LLC, Parrey Holding Company LLC (4), Parrey LLC, Parrey Parent LLC, Passadumkeag Windpark LLC, Piedmont-Forrest Corporation, PowerSecure International Inc, RE Garland A LLC, RE Garland Holdings LLC, RE Garland LLC, RE Gaskell West 1 LLC, RE Roserock Holdings LLC (2), RE Roserock LLC, RE Silverlake Holdings LLC (4), RE Tranquillity BAAH LLC, RE Tranquillity Holdings LLC (4), RE Tranquillity LLC, Reading Wind Energy LLC, Rutherford Farm LLC, SG2 Holdings LLC (4), SG2 Imperial Valley LLC, SP Butler Solar Farm LLC, SP Butler Solar LLC, SP Cactus Flats Class B Holdings LLC, SP Cactus Flats Wind Energy LLC, SP Cimarron Capital LLC, SP Cimarron I LLC, SP Decatur County Solar LLC, SP Decatur Parkway Solar LLC, SP Gaskell West 1 Class B Holdings LLC, SP Gaskell West 1 Holdings LLC (9), SP Pawpaw Solar LLC, SP Sandhills Solar LLC, SP Solar Farms LLC, SP Solar GP Inc., SP Solar Holdings I LP (3), SP TEP Class B Holdings I Inc., SP TEP Formations Inc., SP Wind Development Holdings LLC, SP Wind Holdings II LLC (6), SP Wind Holdings LLC, SPR Development Holdings LLC (11), Salt Fork Wind LLC, Sequent LLC, SouthStar Energy Services LLC, Southern Company Gas, Southern Company Gas Capital Corporation, Southern Company Gas Investments Inc., Southern Company Gas Investments Inc., Southern Company Gas Pipeline Holdings LLC, Southern Electric Generating Company, Southern Power Company, Southern Renewable Energy Inc., Southern Renewable Partnerships LLC, Spectrum Nevada Solar LLC, The Southern Company, Tyler Bluff Wind Project LLC, WWH LLC (8), Wake Wind Class B Holdings LLC, Wake Wind Energy LLC, Wake Wind Holdings LLC, and Wildhorse Wind Energy LLC.
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When was Southern founded?

Southern was founded in 1945.

How can I contact Southern?

Southern's mailing address is 30 Ivan Allen Jr. Boulevard N.W., Atlanta GA, 30308. The official website for Southern is www.southerncompany.com. The utilities provider can be reached via phone at (404) 506-5000, via email at apabramo@southernco.com, or via fax at 404-506-0344.

This page (NYSE:SO) was last updated on 8/8/2022 by MarketBeat.com Staff

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