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The Southern Stock Forecast, Price & News

-0.36 (-0.58 %)
(As of 12/4/2020 12:00 AM ET)
Today's Range
Now: $61.52
50-Day Range
MA: $60.55
52-Week Range
Now: $61.52
Volume2.93 million shs
Average Volume4.90 million shs
Market Capitalization$64.97 billion
P/E Ratio19.97
Dividend Yield4.14%
The Southern Company, through its subsidiaries, engages in the generation, transmission, and distribution of electricity. It operates in four segments: Gas Distribution Operations, Gas Pipeline Investments, Wholesale Gas Services, and Gas Marketing Services. 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, and Tennessee, as well as provides gas marketing services, wholesale gas services, and gas pipeline investments operations. It owns and/or operates 30 hydroelectric generating stations, 24 fossil fuel generating stations, 3 nuclear generating stations, 13 combined cycle/cogeneration stations, 42 solar facilities, 10 wind facilities, and 1 biomass facility; and constructs, operates, and maintains 75,585 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 million electric and gas utility customers. It also provides products and services in the areas of 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 incorporated in 1945 and is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia.
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Beat the Market (BTM) Rank

Analyst Opinion: 2.1Community Rank: 1.8Dividend Strength: 3.3Insider Behavior: 0.8Valuation: 1.9 5 -4 -3 -2 -1 -

Overall Beat the Market Rank

1.99 out of 5 stars

Industry, Sector and Symbol

Industry Electric services
Sub-IndustryElectric Utilities



Sales & Book Value

Annual Sales$21.42 billion
Cash Flow$6.65 per share
Book Value$30.28 per share


Net Income$4.75 billion


Outstanding Shares1,056,131,000
Market Cap$64.97 billion
Next Earnings Date2/18/2021 (Estimated)
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(As of 12/4/2020 12:00 AM ET)
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The Southern (NYSE:SO) Frequently Asked Questions

How has The Southern's stock price been impacted by COVID-19?

The Southern's stock was trading at $58.18 on March 11th, 2020 when COVID-19 reached pandemic status according to the World Health Organization. Since then, SO stock has increased by 5.7% and is now trading at $61.52.
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Do Wall Street analysts recommend investors buy shares of The Southern?

17 Wall Street analysts have issued "buy," "hold," and "sell" ratings for The Southern in the last year. There are currently 3 sell ratings, 8 hold ratings and 6 buy ratings for the stock, resulting in a consensus recommendation of "Hold."
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What stocks does MarketBeat like better than The Southern?

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When is The Southern's next earnings date?

The Southern is scheduled to release its next quarterly earnings announcement on Thursday, February 18th 2021.
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How were The Southern's earnings last quarter?

The Southern Company (NYSE:SO) issued its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, October, 29th. The utilities provider reported $1.22 earnings per share for the quarter, missing the consensus estimate of $1.24 by $0.02. The utilities provider had revenue of $5.62 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $6.29 billion. The Southern had a return on equity of 10.47% and a net margin of 15.83%. The company's revenue was down 6.3% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period last year, the business posted $1.34 EPS.
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How often does The Southern pay dividends? What is the dividend yield for The Southern?

The Southern announced a quarterly dividend on Monday, October 19th. Shareholders of record on Monday, November 16th will be paid a dividend of $0.64 per share on Monday, December 7th. This represents a $2.56 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 4.16%. The ex-dividend date is Friday, November 13th.
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What guidance has The Southern issued on next quarter's earnings?

The Southern updated its FY20 earnings guidance on Thursday, October, 29th. The company provided EPS guidance of $3.10-3.24 for the period, compared to the Thomson Reuters consensus estimate of $3.16.

What price target have analysts set for SO?

17 analysts have issued 12-month target prices for The Southern's shares. Their forecasts range from $53.00 to $73.00. On average, they anticipate The Southern's stock price to reach $64.47 in the next twelve months. This suggests a possible upside of 4.8% from the stock's current price.
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Are investors shorting The Southern?

The Southern saw a increase in short interest in the month of November. As of November 15th, there was short interest totaling 12,010,000 shares, an increase of 28.9% from the October 31st total of 9,320,000 shares. Based on an average trading volume of 3,960,000 shares, the days-to-cover ratio is presently 3.0 days.
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Who are some of The Southern's key competitors?

What other stocks do shareholders of The Southern own?

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

Who are The Southern's key executives?

The Southern's management team includes the following people:
  • Mr. Thomas A. Fanning, Chairman, Pres & CEO (Age 63, Pay $5.1M)
  • Mr. Andrew William Evans, Exec. VP & CFO (Age 53, Pay $1.98M)
  • Mr. William Paul Bowers, Chairman & CEO of Georgia Power (Age 64, Pay $2.28M)
  • Ms. Kimberly Scheibe Greene, Chairman, Pres & CEO of Southern Company Gas (Age 54, Pay $1.8M)
  • Mr. Mark A. Crosswhite, Chairman, Pres & CEO of Alabama Power (Age 58, Pay $2.01M)
  • Ms. Ann P. Daiss, Chief Accounting Officer & Comptroller (Age 52)
  • Mr. Martin Bernard Davis, Chief Information Officer & Exec. VP (Age 56)
  • Mr. Scott Gammill, Director of Investor Relations
  • Mr. James Y. Kerr II, Exec. VP, Chief Legal Officer & Chief Compliance Officer (Age 56)
  • Ms. Stacy R. Kilcoyne, VP of HR

What is The Southern's stock symbol?

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

Who are The Southern's major shareholders?

The Southern's stock is owned by a variety of retail and institutional investors. Top institutional investors include BlackRock Inc. (7.00%), State Street Corp (5.12%), Massachusetts Financial Services Co. MA (2.73%), California Public Employees Retirement System (0.83%), Federated Hermes Inc. (0.62%) and Swiss National Bank (0.52%). Company insiders that own The Southern stock include Ann P Daiss, Anthony F Earley Jr, Anthony L Wilson, Christopher C Womack, David J Grain, Ernest J Moniz, Henry A Clark III, James Y Kerr II, Kimberly S Greene, Mark A Crosswhite, Mark Lantrip, Stan W Connally, Stephen E Kuczynski, Thomas A Fanning and William P Bowers.
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Which major investors are selling The Southern stock?

SO stock was sold by a variety of institutional investors in the last quarter, including State Street Corp, BlackRock Inc., Public Sector Pension Investment Board, Robeco Institutional Asset Management B.V., Allianz Asset Management GmbH, Railway Pension Investments Ltd, Victory Capital Management Inc., and JPMorgan Chase & Co.. Company insiders that have sold The Southern company stock in the last year include Anthony L Wilson, Christopher C Womack, David J Grain, James Y Kerr II, Kimberly S Greene, Stephen E Kuczynski, and Thomas A Fanning.
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Which major investors are buying The Southern stock?

SO stock was bought by a variety of institutional investors in the last quarter, including Massachusetts Financial Services Co. MA, Energy Income Partners LLC, Squarepoint Ops LLC, LNZ Capital LP, Voloridge Investment Management LLC, Kestra Advisory Services LLC, Duff & Phelps Investment Management Co., and Achmea Investment Management B.V.. Company insiders that have bought The Southern stock in the last two years include Anthony F Earley Jr, Ernest J Moniz, and Henry A Clark III.
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How do I buy shares of The 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, Robinhood, Fidelity, and Charles Schwab.

What is The Southern's stock price today?

One share of SO stock can currently be purchased for approximately $61.52.

How big of a company is The Southern?

The Southern has a market capitalization of $64.97 billion and generates $21.42 billion in revenue each year. The utilities provider earns $4.75 billion in net income (profit) each year or $3.11 on an earnings per share basis. The Southern employs 27,943 workers across the globe.

What is The Southern's official website?

The official website for The Southern is www.southerncompany.com.

How can I contact The Southern?

The 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]

This page was last updated on 12/5/2020 by MarketBeat.com Staff

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