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A look at a High Market Cap Stock: Southern Company, SO

Southern Company, SO is in the exchange NYSE and its industry is Electric Utilities in the sector of Utilities. Based in USA, Southern Company, SO  has a market cap of 50528.87. Since its IPO date on the 12/31/1981, Southern Company, SO performance year to date is 15.17%. Today Southern Company, SO has gained -0.55%, with a current price of 52.14.

Ownership of the company is 0.03% for insider ownership while institutional ownership is 50.20%. The management of the company have seen the company have a payout ratio of 86.50%. Return of assets are at 2.90%, with return on investment at 6.30%.

In terms of debt levels and profit levels, Southern Company, SO is seeing a long-term debt/equity of 1.61. While Total debt/equity is 1.79. With a profit margin of 13.40%, this is combined with a gross margin of 71.10%, and operating margin of 25.00%. Southern Company ability to meet debt levels, with a current ratio of 1.8, while the quick ratio is 1.5.

For the last year Southern Company, SO has seen a EPS growth of 18.90%. A performance for the year of 24.61%. The 52-week high is -3.55%, and the 52-week low is 27.44%. The average volume for Southern Company, SO is 3426700.

With a target price of 52.75, can Southern Company, SO reach this target? Looking at the value indicators of Southern Company, SO. Southern Company has a P/E of 20.72 and a forward P/E of 17.56. Perhaps the more useful indicator than P/E, is PEG which has a value of 6.56. Southern Company also has a P/S and a P/B of 2.9 and 2.21 respectively. For P/cash, Southern Company has a value of 26.64, while it is *TBA for P/free cash flow.

At the current price of 52.14, Southern Company has a dividend yield of 4.30%. We see a return on equity of 11.10%.

Looking more long-term Southern Company, is projected to get an EPS growth for the next five years of 3.16%. In the short-term an EPS growth of 3.92% in the next year is forecasted. This is after a EPS growth of 18.90% for this year and for the last five years a 1.90% growth has been seen.

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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