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Morning Stock Stories: The Southern Company, (SO)

Friday February 24th 2017: 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 51.46 B. Since its IPO date on the 12/31/1981, The Southern Company, SO performance year to date is 4.76%. Today The Southern Company, SO has gained -0.35%, with a current price of 51.53.

Ownership of the company is 0.03% for insider ownership while institutional ownership is 55.20%. The management of the company have seen the company have a payout ratio of 82.60%. Return of assets are at 2.50%, with return on investment at 5.10%.

In terms of debt levels and profit levels, The Southern Company, SO is seeing a long-term debt/equity of 1.71. While Total debt/equity is 1.95. With a profit margin of 12.10%, this is combined with a gross margin of 68.30%, and operating margin of 23.00%. The Southern Company ability to meet debt levels, with a current ratio of 0.7, while the quick ratio is 0.5.

For the last year The Southern Company, SO has seen a EPS growth of -1.30%. A performance for the year of 0.92%. The 52-week high is -5.69%, and the 52-week low is 11.54%. The average volume for The Southern Company, SO is 8791457.

With a target price of 51.13, 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 19.15 and a forward P/E of 16.59. Perhaps the more useful indicator than P/E, is PEG which has a value of 4.99. The Southern Company also has a P/S and a P/B of 2.37 and 2.04 respectively. For P/cash, The Southern Company has a value of 47.04, while it is *TBA for P/free cash flow.

At the current price of 51.53, The Southern Company has a dividend yield of 4.50%. We see a return on equity of 10.90%.

Looking more long-term The Southern Company, is projected to get an EPS growth for the next five years of 3.84%. In the short-term an EPS growth of 4.72% in the next year is forecasted. This is after a EPS growth of -1.30% for this year and for the last five years a 0.00% growth has been seen.

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