The Southern Company (NYSE:SO) price on Friday, August 27, fall -0.08% below its previous day’s close as a downside momentum from buyers pushed the stock’s value to $66.09.
A look at the stock’s price movement, the level at last check in today’s session was $66.14, moving within a range at $65.67 and $66.27. The beta value (5-Year monthly) was 0.45 while the PE ratio in trailing twelve months stood at 22.41. Turning to its 52-week performance, $67.46 and $51.22 were the 52-week high and 52-week low respectively. Overall, SO moved 3.36% over the past month.
The Southern Company’s market cap currently stands at around $69.05 billion, with investors looking forward to this quarter’s earnings report slated for Oct 27, 2021 – Nov 01, 2021. The company has a Forward Dividend ratio of 2.64, with its dividend yield at 3.99%. As such, investors might be keen on an upside in the stock’s price ahead of the scheduled earnings report. Analysts project the company’s earnings per share (EPS) to be $0.79, which has seen fiscal year 2021 EPS growth forecast to increase to $3.33 and about $3.54 for fiscal year 2022. Per the data, EPS growth is expected to be 2.50% for 2021 and 6.30% for the next financial year.
Analysts have a consensus estimate of $5.04 billion for the company’s revenue for the quarter, with a low and high estimate of $4.53 billion and $5.71 billion respectively. The average forecast suggests up to a 9.20% growth in sales growth compared to quarterly growth in the same period last fiscal year. Wall Street analysts have also projected the company’s year-on-year revenue for 2021 to grow to $21.96 billion, representing a 7.80% jump on that reported in the last financial year.
Revisions could be used as tool to get short term price movement insight, and for the company that in the past seven days was 5 upward and no downward review(s). Turning to the stock’s technical picture we see that short term indicators suggest on average that SO is a 100% Buy. On the other hand, the stock is on average a 50% Buy as suggested by medium term indicators while long term indicators are putting the stock in 100% Buy category.
19 analyst(s) have given their forecast ratings for the stock on a scale of 1.00-5.00 for a strong buy to strong sell recommendation. A total of 4 analyst(s) rate the stock as a Hold, 9 recommend SO as a Buy and 0 give it an Overweight rating. Meanwhile, 2 analyst(s) rate the stock as Underweight and 4 say it is a Sell. As such, the average rating for the stock is Hold which could provide an opportunity for investors keen on increasing their holdings of the company’s stock.
The technical evaluation for the stock shows the PEG ratio is 3.45, with SO’s current price about 0.94% and 3.99% off the 20-day and 50-day simple moving averages respectively. The Relative Strength Index (RSI, 14) currently prints 58.51, while 7-day volatility ratio is 1.44% and 1.29% in the 30-day chart. Further, The Southern Company (SO) has a beta value of 0.44, and an average true range (ATR) of 0.88. Analysts have given the company’s stock an average 52-week price target of $67.19, forecast between a low of $52.00 and high of $76.00. Looking at the price targets, the low is 21.32% off recent price level in today’s trading while to achieve the yearly target high, it has to move -14.99%. Nonetheless, investors will most likely welcome a -2.89% jump to $68.00 which is the analysts’ median price.
In the market, a comparison of The Southern Company (SO) and its peers suggest the former has performed considerably weaker. Data shows SO’s intraday price has changed -0.08% today and 27.88% over the past year. Comparatively, NextEra Energy Inc. (NEE) has moved -0.13% so far today and only 20.16% in the past 12 months. Looking at another peer, we see that Dominion Energy Inc. (D) price has dipped -0.21% on the day. However, the stock is 0.47% off its price today a year ago. If we look at the PE ratio, we find that The Southern Company’s ratio stands at 22.41 compared to NextEra Energy Inc.’s 51.10 and Dominion Energy Inc.’s 27.49. Elsewhere, the overall performance for the S&P 500 and Dow Jones Industrial shows that the indexes are up 0.93% and 0.74% respectively on the day as seen in early trades.
If we refocus on The Southern Company (NYSE:SO), historical trading data shows that trading volumes averaged 4.03 million over the past 3 months. The company’s latest data on shares outstanding shows there are 1.06 billion shares.
The 0.20% of The Southern Company’s shares are in the hands of company insiders while institutional holders own 60.80% of the company’s shares. Current price change has pushed the stock 7.67% YTD, which shows the potential for further growth is there. It is this reason that could see investor optimism for the SO stock continues to rise going into the next quarter.