The Southern Company (SO) shares are trading at higher $58.71 and the avg recommendation for the stock is Moderate Buy, while the current analyst price target stands at $59.60.
To add more color to this target, the company’s high over the last year is $71.10 and the low is $41.96. Over the last 52 weeks, SO is down -5.15% while the S&P 500 is up 18.03%. The catalyst for this interesting swing was the company’s recent earnings report.
A Notable Earnings Report
SO booked profit margins of 15.80%, its Return on Equity (ROE) is 11.70%, and its Return on Assets is 2.70%. All told, it is clear that, SO needs to be on your watchlist.
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Of course, we must look beyond the financials and question how well those numbers represent the sustainable earnings power of the business. Investors need to know how sustainable this current run. SO has a short ratio of 2.73 and outstanding shares of 1.06B.
SO has seen increased volume after this news and investors are putting their support behind the value proposition. Traders will also note the company’s earnings per share came in at 3.05. The Southern Company SO also noted assets of $117.95 billion at the end of the last quarter. Investors should also keep an eye on sector updates as SO has historically followed its peers on positive news.
All told, The Southern Company SO has strung together solid data and demonstrated underlying fundamentals. At its current valuation, SO represents an interesting risk/reward case. Traders should stay tuned to see if this recent report will push the stock to test recent resistance levels.
The Southern Company SO is now commanding a market cap of 60.20B and a float of 1.05B. SO is increasing its credibility in this sector and that could lead to more upside down the line. Sign-up for continuing coverage on shares of SO stock, as well as other hot stock picks, get our free newsletter today and get our next breakout pick!
Disclosure: we hold no position in SO, either long or short, and we have not been compensated for this article.