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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 5617.83, and so far today it has a volume of 5447400. Performance year to date since the 12/31/1981 is 12.03%.

To help you determine whether Southern Company is undervalued the following values will help you decide. P/E is 20.15 and forward P/E is 17.06. PEG perhaps more useful shows that Southern Company has a value for PEG of 6.38. P/S ratio is 2.89 and the P/B ratio is 2.15. The P/Cash and P/Free cash flow is 26.55 and *TBA respectively.

At the current price Southern Company is trading at, 50.72 (-1.13% today), Southern Company has a dividend yield of 4.42%, and this is covered by a payout ratio of 86.50%. Earnings per share (EPS) is 2.52, and this is looking to grow in the next year to 4.10% 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 993.02, and the number of shares float is 978.33. The senior management bring insider ownership to 0.03%, and institutional ownership is at 49.90%. The float short is 1.55%, with the short ratio at a value of 2.7. Management has seen a return on assets of 2.90%, 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 25.00%, and Southern Company has a profit margin of 13.40%.

The 52 week high is -6.18%, with 22.31% being its 52 week low. The 20 day simple moving average is -2.86% and the 200 day simple moving average is 2.32%.

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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