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Stock in the Spotlight: Southern Company (NYSE: SO)


Southern Company is part of the utilities sector and trades as part of the regulated utilities industry. The company CEO is Thomas A. Fanning. Southern Co is an electricity generating company. It develops, constructs, acquires, owns, and manages generation assets, including renewable energy projects, and sells electricity at market-based rates in the wholesale market.

Previous Intraday Trading Performance:

The SO stock showed a previous change of 0.24% with an open at 49.02 and a close of 49.24. It reached an intraday high of 49.38 and a low of 49.02.

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The stock has a market cap of $50.7b with 1.0b shares outstanding, of which the float is 1.0b shares. Trading volume reached 4,771,793 shares compared to its average volume of 5,143,281 shares. Based on the current average volume and close price, the trading liquidity is good.

Historical Trading Performance:

Over the last five trading days, Southern Company shares returned 1.05% and in the past 30 trading days it returned 12.04%. Over three months, it changed 6.36%. In one year it has changed 16.14% and within that year its 52-week high was 49.43 and its 52-week low was 42.38. SO stock is 16.19% above its 52 Week Low.

Our calculations show a 200 day moving average of 45.01 and a 50 day moving average of 46.65. Currently SO stock is trading 9.39% above its 200 day moving average.

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The last annual fiscal EPS for the company was reported at 0.83 that ended on 31st of December 2017, which according to the previous close, that is a PE of 59.33. Based on 7 analyst estimates, the consensus EPS for the next quarter is 0.24. The TTM EPS is 3.33, which comes to a TTM PE of 14.79. Historically, the PE high was 59.33 and the PE low was 14.79. SO stock has set a new PE low record!

The following are the last four quarter reported earnings per share:
09-30-2018:  1.14
06-30-2018:  0.80
03-31-2018:  0.88
12-31-2017:  0.51

The dividend per share is currently 2.40, which is a dividend yield of 4.87%. SO stock may not have enough earnings to cover future dividends and still be able to invest in the business, therefore the dividend may be cut in the future.

Base on our calculations, the intrinsic value per share is 22.59, which means it may be overvalued by -117.97%

Indicators to Watch:

Based on the latest filings, there is 0.10% of insider ownership and 88.20% of institutional ownership. Short-interest is 22,617,646, which is 2.20% of shares outstanding. The short-interest ratio or days-to-cover ratio is 3.41. This stock has some short interest, but it may be normal and no cause for concern if long the position.

The current calculated beta is 0.19

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Fundamental Indicators:

Based on last reported financials, the company’s return on equity is 9.98%, return on assets is 2.20%, profit margin is 11.84%, price-to-sales is 2.95 and price-to-book is 2.03.

Company Scores:

All scores are out of six:
 1  :Valuation Score
 2  :Past Performance Score
 0  :Financial Strength Score
 1  :Future Growth Score
 5  :Dividend Score
 1  :Overall Score

John Jones
Worked for several Wall Street firms: Salomon Smith Barney, UBS, and Charles Schwab. Has developed skills and gained extensive experience over the years that is used today to uncover winning penny stocks.Also was an attorney for small businesses in Scottsdale, Arizona. That experience and understanding of law provides a unique perspective and edge in discovering quality companies in various industries.