The Southern Company (NYSE:SO) in recent session today was buoying at a fall of -1.81% from its closing price on previous day.
Taking a look at stock we notice that its last check on previous day was $55.24 with its price kept floating in the range of $54.16 and $54.98 on the day. Company’s P/E ratio for the trailing 12 months is 17.73. Considering stock’s 52-week price range provides that SO hit a high price of $71.1 and saw its price falling to a low level of $41.96 during that period. Over a period of past 1-month, stock came adding 6.54% in its value.
With its current market valuation of $57.28 Billion, The Southern Company is set to declare its quarterly results on Oct 28, 2020- Nov 02, 2020. SO Stock’s Forward Dividend of 2.56 and its yield of 0.0463 are making investors’ thoughts stronger that it could climb further before the company announces its earnings for the current quarter. Analysts are in estimates of $1.26 per share for company’s earnings in the current quarter and are expecting its annual EPS growth moving up to $3.15 for 2020 with estimates of that growing to $3.3 in next year. These estimates are suggesting current year growth of 0.01% for EPS and 0.05% growth next year.
Analysts watching the company’s growth closely have provided estimates for its revenue growth with an average revenue estimate of $6.4 Billion. They suggested that in the process company could generate revenue of as low as $5.41 Billion which could climb up to $8.97 Billion to hit a high. The average estimate is representing an increase of 6.7% in sales growth from that of posted by the company in the same quarter of last year. In keeping analyst consensus estimate with, company is forecasted to be making an annual revenue of $21.68 Billion in 2020, which will be +1.2% more from revenue generated by the company last year.
In contrast, when we review SO stock’s current outlook then short term indicators are assigning it an average of 50% Sell, while medium term indicators are categorizing the stock at an average of 50% Sell. Long term indicators are suggesting an average of 100% Sell for it.
According to ratings assigned by 18 analysts at the scale of 1 to 5 with 1.00 representing a strong buy and 5.00 suggesting a strong sell; 10 of them are recommending The Southern Company (SO) as a Hold, while 4 are in view that stock is a Buy. Recommendation by 1 analysts for the stock is an Outperform while number of those analysts who rated the stock as Underperform is none, whereas 3 of them are considering the stock as a Sell. When taken as whole, stock gets a rating of Hold and that encourages the investors to exploit the opportunity and build their stake up in the company.
Digging deeper we become aware of the PEG ratio of the SO stock which is currently positioned at 3.66. It further provides that stock’s current price level is 0.44% away from its 20-day simple moving average and is -1.24% off its SMA50. Its relative strength index (RSI) for 14-periods is oscillating at 47.02 while volatility remained at 2.29% over the past week which changes to 2.25% when measuring it over the past month. Beta is valued at 0.44, while measure of average true range or ATR is currently at 1.27. In predicting price targets of as low as $53 and as high as $67, analysts are in agreement on assigning the stock over the next 12 months average price target of $59.94. Stock’s current price level is -2.29% above from estimated low price target while it is 23.53% below the estimated high; and even if the SO’s share succeeded to reach the median price of $60, then the outlook of +10.62% could come to the excitement of the investors.
Having a second look at The Southern Company (NYSE:SO) provides that stock’s average daily trading volume for 3 months was 4.79 Million, while it dropped to 3.5 Million when we calculate an average volume for past 10 days. Number of outstanding shares of the stock currently stood at 1.06 Billion.
Data compiled by Thomson Reuters highlights that percentage of outstanding shares held by the insiders is 0.14% while it is 61.25% for the institutional holders. The figures also indicate that as of July 14, 2020, number of stock’s short shares was 11970000 which implies a short ratio of 2.45. This shows up a 1.13% of Short Interest in company’s outstanding shares on the day. In July the standing of shares short improved as it was 11.96 Million in the previous month. Drop of -13.28% by stock’s current price to its year-to-date value in today’s trading is likely to be increasing investors’ worries about the stock as it is hinting a further drop.