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.

SO was given price targets by several analysts. The most optimistic analyst gave a price target of 55, implying a possible profit of 15.01 percent. The lowest price target was 42, implying potential capital losses of -12.17 percent. It is advisable to not rely only on price targets or ratings, as these can be biased for some stocks.

In the last 30 days, analysts have changed their quarterly earnings estimates downwards by an average of -2.07 percent. The average change in earnings estimates over the last 90 days is -9.56 percent. Over the past 30 days, FY earnings estimates have also changed downwards by -0.34 percent. 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. 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. People on Wall Street often look at a company's PEG ratio. Smaller PEG ratios are desirable, because people typically see that as an indicator of higher growth relative to stock price. Wall Street investors typically prefer a PEG ratio to be smaller than 1, but many choose to perform ratio comparisons with other companies in the industry. SO has a PEG ratio of 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 11.12 percent below the high. 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 stock has a market capitalization of $47.56 billion. SO's next earnings release will be on 0000-00-00, which is days away.