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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 5534.88, and so far today it has a volume of 3607000. Performance year to date since the 12/31/1981 is 13.04%.

To help you determine whether Southern Company is undervalued the following values will help you decide. P/E is 20.33 and forward P/E is 17.24. PEG perhaps more useful shows that Southern Company has a value for PEG of 6.44. P/S ratio is 2.92 and the P/B ratio is 2.17. The P/Cash and P/Free cash flow is 26.82 and *TBA respectively.

At the current price Southern Company is trading at, 51.18 (-0.29% today), Southern Company has a dividend yield of 4.38%, and this is covered by a payout ratio of 89.30%. Earnings per share (EPS) is 2.52, and this is looking to grow in the next year to 3.74% after growing 18.90% this past year. EPS growth quarter over quarter is -5.60%, and 2.80% for sales growth quarter over quarter.

The number of shares outstanding is 994.24, and the number of shares float is 978.33. The senior management bring insider ownership to 0.03%, and institutional ownership is at 50.20%. The float short is 2.47%, with the short ratio at a value of 4.37. Management has seen a return on assets of 3.50%, and also a return on investment of 6.30%.

The ability for Southern Company, to deal with debt, means it current ratio is 1.8, and quick ratio is 1.5. Long term debt/equity is 1.61 and total debt/equity is 1.79. In terms of margins, Southern Company has a gross margin of 71.10%, with its operating margin at 30.30%, and Southern Company has a profit margin of 16.10%.

The 52 week high is -5.33%, with 28.05% being its 52 week low. The 20 day simple moving average is -2.27% and the 200 day simple moving average is 5.21%.

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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