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.

Several price targets were given for SO by the analysts covering the stock. The highest price target was 55, implying a possible profit of 15.01 percent. The most pessimistic analyst gave a price target of 42, implying a possible loss of -12.17 percent. It is advisable to not rely only on price targets or ratings, as these can be biased for some 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.

People are often interested in whether analysts were united in the direction of their revisions. 2 analysts have revised their quarterly estimates upwards in the past 30 days, which can be compared to the 2 analysts that decreased their estimates. Over the same time period, 0 analysts revised their FY earnings estimates upwards, compared to 3 analysts that revised their FY estimates downwards.

SO has an estimated earnings growth rate of 10.69 percent as forecasted by analysts. It's possible to gain additional insight about growth valuation of a company by looking at the PEG ratio. Investors like to see smaller values for the PEG ratio, because that is often interpreted as the company being fairly priced relative to its growth rate. Many investors consider PEG ratios between 0 and 1 as preferrable, even though it may be more relevant to compare the ratio to that of a firm's competitors. 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. Currently the stock is 3.51 percent higher than its low, and 11.12 percent lower than its 52-week high. 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 will post this quarters earnings in days, on 0000-00-00.