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

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$46.61 -0.36 (-0.77 %)
(As of 08/20/2018 04:00 PM ET)
Previous Close$46.97
Today's Range$46.55 - $46.94
52-Week Range$42.38 - $53.51
Volume4.25 million shs
Average Volume6.01 million shs
Market Capitalization$46.78 billion
P/E Ratio15.51
Dividend Yield5.05%
Southern logoThe Southern Co. is a holding company, which engages in the sale of electricity. It operates through the following segments: Traditional Electric Operating Companies, Southern Power, Southern Company Gas, and All Other. The Traditional Electric Operating Companies segment refers to vertically integrated utilities that own generation, transmission and distribution facilities, and supplies electric services in the states of Alabama, Georgia, Florida, and Mississippi. The Southern Power segment constructs, acquires, owns, and manages generation assets such as renewable energy projects and sells electricity in the wholesale market. The Southern Company Gas segment distributes natural gas through natural gas distribution facilities in the states of Illinois, Georgia, Virginia, New Jersey, Florida, Tennessee, and Maryland. The All Other segment covers segments below the quantitative threshold. The company was founded on November 9, 1945 and is headquartered in Atlanta, GA.

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Industry, Sector and Symbol

Stock Exchange NYSE
Industry Electric services
Sub-IndustryElectric Utilities
Phone(404) 506-5000


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


Trailing P/E Ratio15.51
Forward P/E Ratio15.69
P/E Growth3.46

Sales & Book Value

Annual Sales$23.03 billion
Price / Sales2.05
Cash Flow$6.5189 per share
Price / Cash7.15
Book Value$24.08 per share
Price / Book1.94


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. 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 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 5.15%. The ex-dividend date is Friday, August 17th. View Southern's Dividend History.

How were Southern's earnings last quarter?

Southern Co (NYSE:SO) released its earnings results on Wednesday, August, 8th. The utilities provider reported $0.80 EPS for the quarter, topping analysts' consensus estimates of $0.69 by $0.11. The utilities provider had revenue of $5.63 billion for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $5.28 billion. Southern had a return on equity of 13.06% and a net margin of 9.96%. Southern's revenue 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 equities research analysts have issued 1-year price objectives for Southern's shares. Their forecasts range from $43.00 to $56.00. On average, they expect Southern's stock price to reach $47.3667 in the next year. This suggests a possible upside of 1.6% 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 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 volume of 4,823,586 shares, the short-interest ratio is currently 7.3 days. Approximately 3.5% of the company's stock are short sold. 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:
  • Thomas A. Fanning, Chairman, President & Chief Executive Officer
  • Andrew W. Evans, Chief Financial Officer & Executive Vice President
  • Kenneth E. Coleman, Chief Information Officer & Senior Vice President
  • James Y. Kerr, Chief Compliance Officer, EVP & General Counsel
  • Nancy Sykes, Chief Human Resources Officer & Executive VP

Has Southern been receiving favorable news coverage?

Press coverage about SO stock has trended somewhat positive recently, Accern reports. Accern identifies positive and negative media coverage by monitoring more than 20 million blog and news sources. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Southern earned a news and rumor sentiment score of 0.11 on Accern's scale. They also gave news stories about the utilities provider an impact score of 45.59 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock's share price in the next few days. View Recent Headlines for Southern.

Who are Southern's major shareholders?

Southern's stock is owned by a number of of retail and institutional investors. Top institutional shareholders 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 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 acquired 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 $46.61.

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:  363 (Vote Outperform)
Underperform Votes:  691 (Vote Underperform)
Total Votes:  1,054
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 8/20/2018 by MarketBeat.com Staff

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