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.

Investment analysts gave a few price targets for SO. The most optimistic analyst gave a price target of 55, implying potential capital gains of 15.01 percent. The most pessimistic price target was 42, which equates to a potential downside of -12.17 percent. It is crucial to not blindly accept any price targets or stock ratings, because many analysts have it in their best interest to give positive coverage of certain stocks.

Over the past month, analysts have revised their estimates for this quarter's earnings, with a net average change of -2.07 percent. That number becomes -9.56 percent if we expand the time horizon to include the past 3 months instead of just one. On the other hand, earnings estimates for the fiscal year have been revised downwards by -0.34 percent, as compared to a month ago. Expanding the time horizon to 3 months, the average change in fiscal year estimates becomes -0.51 percent.

Another thing investors often look at is the level of agreement among analysts' revisions. 2 analysts made positive revisions to their quarterly estimates over the past month, while 2 analysts made negative revisions. Over the same time period, 0 analysts revised their FY earnings estimates upwards, compared to 3 analysts that revised their FY estimates downwards.

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

SO has traded between a high of 53.80 and a low of 46.20 over the past year. Currently the stock is 3.51 percent higher than its low, and below the high by 11.12 percent. SO has a price/earnings 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 market cap of SO is $47.56 billion. SO is estimated to release their earnings results for the quarter on 0000-00-00, days from today.