NYSE:SO - Southern Stock Price, News, & Analysis Sign in or create an account to add this stock to your watchlist. Get Started $45.53 -0.47 (-1.02 %) (As of 12/18/2018 04:00 PM ET)Previous Close$46.00Today's Range$45.41 - $46.5852-Week Range$42.38 - $50.60Volume6.18 million shsAverage Volume6.20 million shsMarket Capitalization$48.70 billionP/E Ratio15.08Dividend Yield5.07%Beta-0.07 ProfileDiscussionAnalyst RatingsChartDividendEarningsFinancialsInsider TradesInstitutional OwnershipHeadlinesOptions 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 Current SymbolNYSE:SO Previous Symbol CUSIP84258710 Webwww.southernco.com Phone404-506-5000 Debt Debt-to-Equity Ratio1.48 Current Ratio0.72 Quick Ratio0.58 Price-To-Earnings Trailing P/E Ratio15.08 Forward P/E Ratio15.03 P/E Growth3.47 Sales & Book Value Annual Sales$23.03 billion Price / Sales2.03 Cash Flow$6.2030 per share Price / Cash Flow7.34 Book Value$24.08 per share Price / Book1.89 Profitability EPS (Most Recent Fiscal Year)$3.02 Net Income$880 million Net Margins10.35% Return on Equity12.88% Return on Assets3.02% Miscellaneous Employees31,344 Outstanding Shares1,028,890,000Market Cap$48.70 billion OptionableOptionable 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 announced a quarterly dividend on Monday, October 15th. Shareholders of record on Monday, November 19th will be given a dividend of $0.60 per share on Thursday, December 6th. This represents a $2.40 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 5.27%. The ex-dividend date is Friday, November 16th. View Southern's Dividend History. How were Southern's earnings last quarter? Southern Co (NYSE:SO) announced its earnings results on Wednesday, November, 7th. The utilities provider reported $1.14 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the Zacks' consensus estimate of $1.07 by $0.07. The utilities provider earned $6.70 billion during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $6.68 billion. Southern had a net margin of 10.35% and a return on equity of 12.88%. The company's revenue was up 8.0% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period last year, the business posted $1.12 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, February 20th 2019. View Earnings Estimates for Southern. What price target have analysts set for SO? 16 brokerages have issued 12 month target prices for Southern's shares. Their forecasts range from $44.00 to $49.00. On average, they expect Southern's stock price to reach $46.1538 in the next twelve months. This suggests a possible upside of 1.4% 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 6 sell ratings, 9 hold ratings and 1 buy rating for the stock, resulting in a consensus recommendation of "Hold." View Analyst Ratings for Southern. Has Southern been receiving favorable news coverage? Media coverage about SO stock has been trending somewhat positive recently, InfoTrie reports. The research group identifies negative and positive press coverage by reviewing more than six thousand blog and news sources. The firm ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of -5 to 5, with scores nearest to five being the most favorable. Southern earned a news sentiment score of 2.0 on InfoTrie's scale. They also assigned news coverage about the utilities provider a news buzz of 8.0 out of 10, meaning that recent press coverage is very likely to have an effect on the stock's share price in the immediate future. Are investors shorting Southern? Southern saw a drop in short interest in the month of November. As of November 15th, there was short interest totalling 21,651,563 shares, a drop of 13.1% from the October 31st total of 24,917,913 shares. Based on an average daily trading volume, of 6,089,794 shares, the days-to-cover ratio is currently 3.6 days. Currently, 2.1% of the company's shares 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), Eversource Energy (ES), PPL (PPL), DTE Energy (DTE), FirstEnergy (FE), Edison International (EIX), Korea Electric Power (KEP), Tenaga Nasional Bhd (TNABY), Avangrid (AGR), Entergy (ETR) and Fortis (FTS). 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 many different of institutional and retail investors. Top institutional investors include Vanguard Group Inc (7.53%), BlackRock Inc. (6.45%), Franklin Resources Inc. (3.85%), Massachusetts Financial Services Co. MA (1.80%), Bank of New York Mellon Corp (1.05%) and Federated Investors Inc. PA (0.87%). Company insiders that own Southern stock include Ann P Daiss, Art P Beattie, Christopher C Womack, James Y Kerr II, Kimberly S Greene, 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 Capital Research Global Investors, Commonwealth Bank of Australia, Crawford Investment Counsel Inc., Mitsubishi UFJ Trust & Banking Corp, SG Americas Securities LLC, Franklin Resources Inc., Eaton Vance Management and Nordea Investment Management AB. Company insiders that have sold Southern company stock in the last year include Christopher C Womack, Kimberly S Greene and Mark Lantrip. 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 Renaissance Technologies LLC, FMR LLC, Zimmer Partners LP, Vanguard Group Inc, Massachusetts Financial Services Co. MA, BlackRock Inc., Morgan Stanley and Luminus Management 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 $45.53. How big of a company is Southern? Southern has a market capitalization of $48.70 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: 403 (Vote Outperform)Underperform Votes: 730 (Vote Underperform)Total Votes: 1,133MarketBeat'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 12/18/2018 by MarketBeat.com StaffFeatured Article: What are municipal bonds?