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 highest price target was 55, which equates to a potential upside of 15.01 percent. The most pessimistic analyst gave a price target of 42, implying potential capital losses of -12.17 percent. Note that investment analysts can be biased in their reporting on companies's ratings and price targets.

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. If we look at the last 90 days instead, we find a net average change of -0.51 percent in FY estimates.

Another thing investors often look at is the level of agreement among analysts' 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 made negative revisions to their fiscal year's estimates.

The growth rate of SO's earnings is estimated by analysts to be 10.69 percent. People on Wall Street often look at a company's PEG ratio. Smaller PEG ratios are desirable, because that is often interpreted as the company being fairly priced relative to its growth rate. PEG ratios below 1 are often considered desirable, although it is frequently more appropriate to compare PEG ratios to the company's peers. The PEG ratio of SO is 1.68.

In the last 52-weeks, SO has achieved a high of 53.80 and a low of 46.20. Currently the stock is 3.51 percent higher than its 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 market cap of SO is $47.56 billion. SO's next earnings release will be on 0000-00-00, which is days away.