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Southern Company (NYSE: SO) – Is this large market cap stock undervalued?

Southern Company (NYSE: SO), is firmly in the large market cap category with market cap of 51578.02. To be considered a large market cap stock companies have to be valued at more than $10 billion. The current price for Southern Company is 52.7 (with a change from open of -0.47%), this in conjunction with a target price of 52.81. Volume today has so far reached 5812600, with an average volume of about 5669.38. The GAP for this stock, is 0.21%.

The P/E ratio is 20.94, bringing the forward P/E to a value of 17.73. The current EPS for Southern Company, is 2.52, with a EPS growth for this year coming to a value of 18.90%. Performance has been interesting with performance year to date coming to 16.40%.

Looking further into the growth statistics for Southern Company, EPS is looking like it will grow 4.13% in the next year. Looking even further it is projected to be 3.16%. Quarter over quarter is -5.60% for EPS growth and for sales growth quarter over quarter it is 2.80%. Looking at past EPS growth statistics we see that for the past five years it has been 1.90%. Sales growth for the past five years has in fact been 0.00%.

Looking at the ownership, we see that the insider ownership is at 0.03% and institutional ownership is 49.90%. Shares outstanding is 978.71, while shares float is at a value of 978.33. Float short for Southern Company is 1.53% and the short ratio is 2.64.

In terms of debt, long term debt/equity is 1.61, while the total debt/equity comes to 1.79. The ability to meet these debts, means that the current ratio is 1.8, and the quick ratio is 1.5. The most recent gross margin is 71.10% and their operating margin is 25.00%. The profit margin is 13.40%.

Southern Company has seen returns on assets of 2.90%, and on investment, 6.30%. Return on equity is 11.10%. Price/Earnings to growth ratio is 6.63. Price/Sales ratio is at a value of 2.96, with Price/book ratio coming to 2.24 and Price/cash is 27.19, and finally Price/Free cash Flow is *TBA.

The simple moving averages are 0.81% and 6.59% for 20 day and 200 day simple moving average respectively. For the 52 week high and low the 52 week high is -2.52% and the 52 week low is 27.08%.

Southern Company has a dividend yield of 4.25%, with a current price of 52.7. The ability to pay this means the payout ratio is 86.50%. This is in an industry, Electric Utilities, with equally high dividends from other companies in this sector, which it is Utilities. Southern Company is based in USA.

Performance in the Electric Utilities industry means that Southern Company has seen performance for the past week of -0.90%, with performance for the month coming to 2.65%. Looking at the data for the quarter it is at a value of 2.00%, and for the half year the performance is 24.47%. Volatility for this week is 1.01% and for the month this is 1.32%.

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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