NYSE:SO - Southern Stock Price, News, & Analysis

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$46.97 +0.07 (+0.15 %)
(As of 08/19/2018 05:27 AM ET)
Previous Close$46.97
Today's Range$46.65 - $47.10
52-Week Range$42.38 - $53.51
Volume5.42 million shs
Average Volume6.02 million shs
Market Capitalization$46.78 billion
P/E Ratio15.55
Dividend Yield5.09%
Southern logoThe 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.

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Industry, Sector and Symbol

Stock Exchange NYSE
Industry Electric services
Sub-IndustryElectric Utilities


Debt-to-Equity Ratio1.59
Current Ratio0.81
Quick Ratio0.68


Trailing P/E Ratio15.55
Forward P/E Ratio15.81
P/E Growth3.46

Sales & Book Value

Annual Sales$23.03 billion
Price / Sales2.07
Cash Flow$6.5692 per share
Price / Cash7.15
Book Value$24.08 per share
Price / Book1.95


EPS (Most Recent Fiscal Year)$3.02
Net Income$880 million
Net Margins9.96%
Return on Equity13.06%
Return on Assets3.00%


Outstanding Shares1,014,140,000
Market Cap$46.78 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. Stockholders 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 dividend yield of 5.11%. The ex-dividend date is Friday, August 17th. View Southern's Dividend History.

How were Southern's earnings last quarter?

Southern Co (NYSE:SO) posted its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, August, 8th. The utilities provider reported $0.80 earnings per share for the quarter, beating analysts' consensus estimates of $0.69 by $0.11. The utilities provider had revenue of $5.63 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $5.28 billion. Southern had a return on equity of 13.06% and a net margin of 9.96%. The firm's revenue for the quarter was up 3.6% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter in the prior year, the firm posted $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?

18 brokers have issued 1 year target prices for Southern's shares. Their forecasts range from $43.00 to $56.00. On average, they anticipate Southern's share price to reach $47.3667 in the next twelve months. This suggests a possible upside of 0.8% from the stock's current price. View Analyst Price Targets for Southern.

What is the consensus analysts' recommendation for Southern?

18 Wall Street analysts have issued "buy," "hold," and "sell" ratings for Southern in the last year. There are currently 7 sell ratings, 9 hold ratings and 2 buy ratings for the stock, resulting in a consensus recommendation of "Hold." View Analyst Ratings for Southern.

Are investors shorting Southern?

Southern saw a increase in short interest in the month of July. As of July 13th, there was short interest totalling 35,411,270 shares, an increase of 8.8% from the June 29th total of 32,545,693 shares. Based on an average daily trading volume, of 4,823,586 shares, the days-to-cover ratio is currently 7.3 days. Currently, 3.5% of the shares of the stock are sold short. View Southern's Current Options Chain.

Who are some of Southern's key competitors?

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. Martin Bernard Davis, Chief Information Officer and Exec. VP (Age 54)

Has Southern been receiving favorable news coverage?

Press coverage about SO stock has been trending somewhat positive recently, Accern Sentiment reports. The research group identifies negative and positive press coverage by reviewing more than twenty million news and blog sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Southern earned a media and rumor sentiment score of 0.09 on Accern's scale. They also assigned news headlines about the utilities provider an impact score of 46.48 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock's share price in the near term. View Recent Headlines for Southern.

Who are Southern's major shareholders?

Southern's stock is owned by many different of retail and institutional investors. Top institutional investors include BlackRock Inc. (6.38%), Massachusetts Financial Services Co. MA (1.71%), Bank of New York Mellon Corp (1.03%), Federated Investors Inc. PA (0.90%), Wells Fargo & Company MN (0.86%) and Commonwealth Bank of Australia (0.82%). 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 institutional 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 institutional investors are buying Southern stock?

SO stock was purchased by a variety of institutional investors in the last quarter, including Massachusetts Financial Services Co. MA, Morgan Stanley, BlackRock Inc., Commonwealth Bank of Australia, Integrated Investment Consultants LLC, Integrated Investment Consultants LLC, California Public Employees Retirement System and FMR LLC. 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 $46.97.

How big of a company is Southern?

Southern has a market capitalization of $46.78 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.

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:  1.7 out of 5 (star)
Outperform Votes:  362 (Thanks for Voting!)
Underperform Votes:  690 (Thanks for Voting!)
Total Votes:  1,052
MarketBeat'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 8/19/2018 by MarketBeat.com Staff

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