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Is Southern Company(NYSE: SO), a large market cap stock a smart buy?

With a market cap of has a large market cap size. Southern Company (NYSE: SO) has been on the stock market since its IPO date on the 12/31/1981. Southern Company is in the Electric Utilities industry and Utilities sector. Average volume for Southern Company, is 5385.29, and so far today it has a volume of 6353700. Performance year to date since the 12/31/1981 is 17.55%.

To help you determine whether Southern Company is undervalued the following values will help you decide. P/E is 20.99 and forward P/E is 18.12. PEG perhaps more useful shows that Southern Company has a value for PEG of 6.47. P/S ratio is 2.9 and the P/B ratio is 2.37. The P/Cash and P/Free cash flow is 66.36 and *TBA respectively.

At the current price Southern Company is trading at, 53.79 (-0.65% today), Southern Company has a dividend yield of 4.16%, and this is covered by a payout ratio of 84.30%. Earnings per share (EPS) is 2.56, and this is looking to grow in the next year to 4.14% after growing 18.90% this past year. EPS growth quarter over quarter is -5.60%, and -5.20% for sales growth quarter over quarter.

The number of shares outstanding is 930.23, and the number of shares float is 930.23. The senior management bring insider ownership to 0.03%, and institutional ownership is at 49.70%. The float short is 2.20%, with the short ratio at a value of 3.81. Management has seen a return on assets of 3.10%, and also a return on investment of 6.30%.

The ability for Southern Company, to deal with debt, means it current ratio is 0.7, and quick ratio is 0.5. Long term debt/equity is 1.25 and total debt/equity is 1.43. In terms of margins, Southern Company has a gross margin of 70.40%, with its operating margin at 24.70%, and Southern Company has a profit margin of 13.60%.

The 52 week high is -1.28%, with 33.16% being its 52 week low. The 20 day simple moving average is 6.42% and the 200 day simple moving average is 13.56%.

Disclaimer: Remember there is a risk to your investment, this is not a recommendation, nor personal advice, never invest more than you are able too loose.


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