The Southern Company (NYSE:SO) is 1.64 points higher today and the only thing that matters is where they go from here. You simply have to look deeper than the share price and explore the fundamentals and future growth potential. The stock value has climbed by nearly 3.34% to $50.68 from its previous close of $49.04. Does this growth mean it the best stock to buy right now? The shares seem to have an active trading volume day with a reported 3880238 contracts so far this session. SO shares had a relatively better volume day versus average trading capacity of 5.87 million shares, but with a 1.05 billion float and a -13.3% run over a week, it’s definitely worth keeping an eye on. The one year price forecast for SO stock indicates that the average analyst price target is $66.64 per share. This means the stock has a potential increase of 31.49% from where the SO share price has been trading recently.
During the recent trading session for The Southern Company (NYSE:SO), the company witnessed their stock drop by $-5.79 over a week and tumble down $-16.07 from the price 20 days ago. When compared to their established 52-week high of $71.1, the high they recorded in their recent session happens to be higher. Their established 52-week high was attained by the company on 01/31/20. The recent low of $41.96 stood for a -28.72% since 03/23/20, a data which is good for most investors who are looking to take advantage of the stock’s recent rise. A beta of 0.4 is also allocated to the stock. Since the beta is less than one, it implies that the stock is more volatile than the market, a data that traders are keeping close attention to.
Looking at the current readings for The Southern Company, the two-week RSI stands at 40.64. This figure suggests that SO stock, for now, is neutral, meaning that the shares are stable in terms of price movement. The stochastic readings, on the other hand, based on the current SO readings is similarly very revealing as it has a stochastic reading of 21.27% at this stage. This figure means that SO share price today is being overbought.
Technical chart claims that The Southern Company (SO) would settle between $50.72/share to $52.39/share level. However, if the stock price goes below the $46.04 mark, then the market for The Southern Company becomes much weaker. If that happens, the stock price might even plunge as low as $43.03 for its downside target. The stock is currently in the red zone of MACD, with the indicator reading -2.95. Traders are always alerted for the move of a stock above or below the zero line due to the fact that the reading is an indicator of the position of the short-term average relative to the long-term average. If the MACD is above the zero line, then the short-term average relative is above that of the long-term average, thus implying an upward momentum. Vice versa is the case if the MACD is below the zero line.
Analysts at KeyBanc Capital Markets raised their recommendation on shares of SO from Sector Weight to Overweight in their opinion released on January 17. Evercore ISI analysts bumped their rating on The Southern Company (NYSE:SO) stock from Underperform to In-line in a separate flash note issued to investors on February 22. Analysts at Citigroup released an upgrade from Sell to Neutral for the stock, in a research note that dated back to January 24.
SO equity has an average rating of 3.22, with the figure leaning towards a bullish end. 16 analysts who tracked the company were contacted by Reuters. Amongst them, 10 rated the stock as a hold while the remaining 6 were split even though not equally. Some analysts rate the stock as a buy or a strong buy while others rated it as a sell. 2 analysts rated The Southern Company (NYSE:SO) as a buy or a strong buy while 4 advised that investors should desist from purchasing the stock or sell them if they already own the company’s stock.
Moving on, SO stock price is currently trading at 14.83X forward 12-month Consensus EPS estimates, and its P/E ratio is 10.9 while for the average stock in the same group, the multiple is 18.6. The Southern Company current P/B ratio of 1.9 means it is trading at a premium against its industry’s 1.4.
The Southern Company (SO)’s current-quarter revenues are projected to climb by nearly -4.8% to hit $5.45 billion, based on current consensus estimate. The firm’s full-year revenues are expected to expand by over 3.7% from $21.42 billion to a noteworthy $22.2 billion. At the other end of the current quarter income statement, The Southern Company is expected to see its adjusted earnings surge by roughly 5.7% to hit $0.74 per share. For the fiscal year, SO’s earnings are projected to climb by roughly 2.3% to hit $3.18 per share.