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Southern (SO) Competitors

$67.28
-0.45 (-0.66%)
(As of 02/22/2024 ET)

SO vs. NEE, EIX, FE, ETR, ES, PPL, AEP, D, DTE, and EBR

Should you be buying Southern stock or one of its competitors? The main competitors of Southern include NextEra Energy (NEE), Edison International (EIX), FirstEnergy (FE), Entergy (ETR), Eversource Energy (ES), PPL (PPL), American Electric Power (AEP), Dominion Energy (D), DTE Energy (DTE), and Centrais Elétricas Brasileiras S.A. - Eletrobrás (EBR). These companies are all part of the "electric services" industry.

Southern vs.

Southern (NYSE:SO) and NextEra Energy (NYSE:NEE) are both large-cap utilities companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, dividends, risk, institutional ownership, community ranking, earnings, media sentiment, analyst recommendations and profitability.

Southern has a beta of 0.5, suggesting that its stock price is 50% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, NextEra Energy has a beta of 0.52, suggesting that its stock price is 48% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Southern currently has a consensus target price of $73.46, suggesting a potential upside of 9.19%. NextEra Energy has a consensus target price of $71.85, suggesting a potential upside of 26.78%. Given NextEra Energy's stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe NextEra Energy is more favorable than Southern.

Company Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Southern
1 Sell rating(s)
5 Hold rating(s)
5 Buy rating(s)
1 Strong Buy rating(s)
2.50
NextEra Energy
1 Sell rating(s)
1 Hold rating(s)
11 Buy rating(s)
0 Strong Buy rating(s)
2.77

NextEra Energy has higher revenue and earnings than Southern. NextEra Energy is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Southern, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

CompanyGross RevenuePrice/Sales RatioNet IncomeEarnings Per SharePrice/Earnings Ratio
Southern$25.25B2.91$3.98B$3.6318.53
NextEra Energy$28.11B4.14$7.31B$3.6115.70

62.9% of Southern shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 76.5% of NextEra Energy shares are owned by institutional investors. 0.3% of Southern shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 0.4% of NextEra Energy shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

NextEra Energy received 224 more outperform votes than Southern when rated by MarketBeat users. Likewise, 72.27% of users gave NextEra Energy an outperform vote while only 50.05% of users gave Southern an outperform vote.

CompanyUnderperformOutperform
SouthernOutperform Votes
524
50.05%
Underperform Votes
523
49.95%
NextEra EnergyOutperform Votes
748
72.27%
Underperform Votes
287
27.73%

Southern pays an annual dividend of $2.80 per share and has a dividend yield of 4.2%. NextEra Energy pays an annual dividend of $1.87 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.3%. Southern pays out 77.1% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. NextEra Energy pays out 51.8% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

In the previous week, NextEra Energy had 13 more articles in the media than Southern. MarketBeat recorded 34 mentions for NextEra Energy and 21 mentions for Southern. NextEra Energy's average media sentiment score of 1.08 beat Southern's score of 0.51 indicating that NextEra Energy is being referred to more favorably in the news media.

Company Very Positive Positive Neutral Negative Very Negative Overall Sentiment
Southern
9 Very Positive mention(s)
1 Positive mention(s)
5 Neutral mention(s)
1 Negative mention(s)
1 Very Negative mention(s)
Positive
NextEra Energy
24 Very Positive mention(s)
4 Positive mention(s)
3 Neutral mention(s)
2 Negative mention(s)
0 Very Negative mention(s)
Positive

NextEra Energy has a net margin of 26.00% compared to Southern's net margin of 15.79%. NextEra Energy's return on equity of 11.73% beat Southern's return on equity.

Company Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Southern15.79% 11.40% 2.90%
NextEra Energy 26.00%11.73%3.77%

Summary

NextEra Energy beats Southern on 17 of the 21 factors compared between the two stocks.


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Media Sentiment Over Time

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SO vs. The Competition

MetricSouthernElectric services IndustryUtilities SectorNYSE Exchange
Market Cap$73.89B$12.90B$12.26B$17.35B
Dividend Yield4.13%4.90%4.26%3.57%
P/E Ratio18.5313.3183.4923.23
Price / Sales2.9127.2127.627.52
Price / Cash8.2410.7817.2117.88
Price / Book2.081.481.885.94
Net Income$3.98B$326.32M$489.54M$869.26M
7 Day Performance1.21%0.10%0.63%-0.59%
1 Month Performance-2.24%0.16%-1.25%1.86%
1 Year Performance3.92%-0.74%-0.10%87.64%

Southern Competitors List

CompanyMarketRankShare PriceAnalysts' Price Target1Y Price PerformanceMarket CapRevenueP/E RatioEmployee CountIndicator(s)
NEE
NextEra Energy
4.9818 of 5 stars
$56.61
-0.7%
$71.85
+26.9%
-23.1%$116.15B$28.11B15.689,300Dividend Increase
Positive News
EIX
Edison International
4.3977 of 5 stars
$66.54
+0.3%
$72.91
+9.6%
+1.8%$25.52B$17.22B20.7313,388Earnings Report
Dividend Announcement
News Coverage
FE
FirstEnergy
3.5987 of 5 stars
$37.15
-0.6%
$39.67
+6.8%
-6.5%$21.34B$12.87B20.5212,042
ETR
Entergy
4.0154 of 5 stars
$100.01
-0.1%
$110.82
+10.8%
-5.6%$21.15B$13.76B14.3711,707Earnings Report
News Coverage
ES
Eversource Energy
4.7163 of 5 stars
$57.52
-2.3%
$66.50
+15.6%
-25.9%$20.11B$11.91B-45.6510,171Analyst Upgrade
PPL
PPL
4.0403 of 5 stars
$26.45
-0.8%
$32.33
+22.3%
-3.1%$19.49B$8.31B26.456,527Earnings Report
Dividend Increase
Analyst Report
AEP
American Electric Power
3.99 of 5 stars
$80.88
-0.6%
$88.73
+9.7%
-9.7%$42.53B$19.64B18.5516,974Upcoming Earnings
D
Dominion Energy
4.0312 of 5 stars
$45.35
-1.1%
$49.64
+9.5%
-21.0%$37.95B$17.17B23.1417,200News Coverage
DTE
DTE Energy
4.7576 of 5 stars
$107.64
-0.1%
$116.46
+8.2%
-5.1%$22.22B$12.75B15.929,950Insider Selling
EBR
Centrais Elétricas Brasileiras S.A. - Eletrobrás
2.475 of 5 stars
$9.04
+5.5%
N/A+29.5%$20.80B$6.60B0.009,670Gap Up

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This page (NYSE:SO) was last updated on 2/23/2024 by MarketBeat.com Staff