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

The Southern Company, SO is in the exchange NYSE and its industry is Electric Utilities in the sector of Utilities. Based in USA, The Southern Company, SO  has a market cap of 47343.8. Since its IPO date on the 12/31/1981, The Southern Company, SO performance year to date is 7.95%. Today The Southern Company, SO has gained -1.43%, with a current price of 47.62.

Ownership of the company is 0.03% for insider ownership while institutional ownership is 51.90%. The management of the company have seen the company have a payout ratio of 83.50%. Return of assets are at 2.80%, with return on investment at 6.30%.

In terms of debt levels and profit levels, The Southern Company, SO is seeing a long-term debt/equity of 1.69. While Total debt/equity is 1.86. With a profit margin of 13.70%, this is combined with a gross margin of 71.70%, and operating margin of 25.30%. The Southern Company ability to meet debt levels, with a current ratio of 0.9, while the quick ratio is 0.7.

For the last year The Southern Company, SO has seen a EPS growth of 18.90%. A performance for the year of 13.41%. The 52-week high is -10.88%, and the 52-week low is 13.88%. The average volume for The Southern Company, SO is 941251.

With a target price of 51.31, can The Southern Company, SO reach this target? Looking at the value indicators of The Southern Company, SO. The Southern Company has a P/E of 18.41 and a forward P/E of 16.16. Perhaps the more useful indicator than P/E, is PEG which has a value of 5.63. The Southern Company also has a P/S and a P/B of 2.59 and 1.9 respectively. For P/cash, The Southern Company has a value of 17.74, while it is *TBA for P/free cash flow.

At the current price of 47.62, The Southern Company has a dividend yield of 4.64%. We see a return on equity of 11.40%.

Looking more long-term The Southern Company, is projected to get an EPS growth for the next five years of 3.27%. In the short-term an EPS growth of 3.07% 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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