Analyst Ratings for Southern Co. (SO)

Updated: 2017-07-28

Analysts covering Southern Co. (NYSE:SO) have given it a consensus rating of Hold. SO had previously received a consensus rating of Hold a month ago.

Of the 22 analysts covering the stock, 4 gave it a buy rating, 0 gave an overweight rating, 14 gave a hold rating, 0 issued an underweight rating, and 4 issued a sell rating. Today, there are 2 more analysts optimistic about the company future as compared with 90 days ago. Meanwhile, the number of analysts pessimistic about the company has decreased by 1.

Many analysts weighed in on price targets for SO. The highest price target was 55, implying potential capital gains of 15.01 percent. The minimum price target given was 42, implying potential capital losses of -12.17 percent. Some investors take price targets and stock ratings with a grain of salt, knowing that some analysts can have indirect business with the stocks they cover.

Over the past month, analysts have revised their estimates for this quarter's earnings, with a net average change of -2.07 percent. The average change in earnings estimates over the last 90 days is -9.56 percent. Meanwhile, fiscal year estimates have been revised downwards by -0.34 percent, compared to last month. If we look at the last 90 days instead, we find a net average change of -0.51 percent in FY estimates.

Investors like to see analysts making revisions in the same direction, as that raises confidence in the revisions. 2 analysts have revised their quarterly estimates upwards in the past 30 days, while 2 analysts made negative revisions. Also over the last month, 0 analysts increased their estimates for the FY earnings, while 3 analysts decreased their estimates.

The growth rate of SO's earnings is estimated by analysts to be 10.69 percent. The PEG ratio of a stock is another value frequently studied by investors. Smaller PEG ratios are desirable, because people typically see that as an indicator of higher growth relative to stock price. PEG ratios below 1 are often considered desirable, but many choose to perform ratio comparisons with other companies in the industry. SO has a PEG ratio of 1.68.

SO has a 52-week high of 53.80 and a 52-week low of 46.20. Today's price is 3.51 percent above the 52-week low, and below the high by 11.12 percent. SO has a P/E ratio of 17.91. Investors typically compare the P/E ratio to a company's peers in the industry. The SO value stock report compares SO to some of its peers using value stock charts. The stock has a market capitalization of $47.56 billion. SO will post this quarters earnings in days, on 0000-00-00.