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Riding the Trend or Protecting Profits | The Southern Company (SO)

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The Southern Company (NYSE:SO) went down by -0.18% from its latest closing price compared to the recent 1-year high of $66.40. The company’s stock price has collected 2.15% of gains in the last five trading sessions. Press Release reported 9 hours ago that 5:30 p.m. Update: Georgia Power crews respond amid waves of pop-up storms moving across the state

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Is It Worth Investing in The Southern Company (NYSE :SO) Right Now?

The Southern Company (NYSE:SO) scored a price-to-earnings ratio above its average ratio, recording 20.74 x from its present earnings ratio. Plus, the 36-month beta value for SO is at 0.43. Opinions of the stock are interesting as 10 analysts out of 19 who provided ratings for The Southern Company declared the stock was a “buy,” while 0 rated the stock as “overweight,” 4 rated it as “hold,” and 4 as “sell.”


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The average price from analysts is $67.59, which is $0.4 above the current price. SO currently public float of 1.05B and currently shorts hold a 1.05% ratio of that float. Today, the average trading volume of SO was 3.94M shares.

SO’s Market Performance

SO stocks went up by 2.15% for the week, with a monthly jump of 5.97% and a quarterly performance of 11.74%, while its annual performance rate touched 21.39%. The volatility ratio for the week stands at 1.34% while the volatility levels for the past 30 days are set at 1.33% for The Southern Company. The simple moving average for the period of the last 20 days is 2.74% for SO stocks with a simple moving average of 12.53% for the last 200 days.

Analysts’ Opinion of SO

Many brokerage firms have already submitted their reports for SO stocks, with Credit Suisse repeating the rating for SO by listing it as a “Outperform.” The predicted price for SO in the upcoming period, according to Credit Suisse is $68 based on the research report published on February 22nd of the current year 2021.

BofA Securities gave a rating of “Buy” to SO, setting the target price at $64 in the report published on January 19th of the current year.

SO Trading at 7.28% from the 50-Day Moving Average

After a stumble in the market that brought SO to its low price for the period of the last 52 weeks, the company was unable to rebound, for now settling with -0.53% of loss for the given period.

Volatility was left at 1.33%, however, over the last 30 days, the volatility rate increased by 1.34%, as shares surge +5.41% for the moving average over the last 20 days. Over the last 50 days, in opposition, the stock is trading +11.36% upper at present.

During the last 5 trading sessions, SO rose by +2.15%, which changed the moving average for the period of 200-days by +22.91% in comparison to the 20-day moving average, which settled at $64.46. In addition, The Southern Company saw 7.52% in overturn over a single year, with a tendency to cut further gains.

Insider Trading

Reports are indicating that there were more than several insider trading activities at SO starting from Kerr, II James Y, who sale 25,000 shares at the price of $66.16 back on Apr 20. After this action, Kerr, II James Y now owns 101,918 shares of The Southern Company, valued at $1,654,000 using the latest closing price.

Kuczynski Stephen E, the Pres. & CEO, Southern Nuclear of The Southern Company, sale 2,500 shares at $62.97 during a trade that took place back on Apr 09, which means that Kuczynski Stephen E is holding 96,651 shares at $157,425 based on the most recent closing price.

Stock Fundamentals for SO

Current profitability levels for the company are sitting at:

  • +24.89 for the present operating margin
  • +30.98 for the gross margin

The net margin for The Southern Company stands at +15.48. The total capital return value is set at 6.13, while invested capital returns managed to touch 4.29. Equity return is now at value 11.40, with 2.60 for asset returns.

Based on The Southern Company (SO), the company’s capital structure generated 180.59 points at debt to equity in total, while total debt to capital is 64.36. Total debt to assets is 41.52, with long-term debt to equity ratio resting at 166.90. Finally, the long-term debt to capital ratio is 58.87.

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When we switch over and look at the enterprise to sales, we see a ratio of 5.93, with the company’s debt to enterprise value settled at 0.43. The receivables turnover for the company is 6.00 and the total asset turnover is 0.17. The liquidity ratio also appears to be rather interesting for investors as it stands at 0.71.

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