Media coverage about Southern (NYSE:SO) has been trending somewhat positive recently, Accern reports. Accern rates the sentiment of news coverage by monitoring more than 20 million news and blog sources. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Southern earned a daily sentiment score of 0.12 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news coverage about the utilities provider an impact score of 46.1851512712234 out of 100, meaning that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the near future.
These are some of the media stories that may have effected Accern Sentiment’s scoring:
- This bagel company is selling “cheese shampoo” and “bacon conditioner,” so your head can smell like a breakfast sandwich (hellogiggles.com)
- Cyan And The California Company (natlawreview.com)
- So You Think You Can’t Dance? The Alvin Ailey Company Has Other Ideas (wbur.org)
- Snow down to 900 metres in Southern Alps as southerly blast chills south, central areas (stuff.co.nz)
- The Latest: WhatsApp co-founder says dump Facebook (thesouthern.com)
SO stock traded up $0.05 during midday trading on Wednesday, reaching $43.90. 4,506,544 shares of the company’s stock traded hands, compared to its average volume of 7,719,574. The stock has a market capitalization of $44,530.38, a P/E ratio of 51.65, a PEG ratio of 3.39 and a beta of 0.07. Southern has a 1-year low of $42.38 and a 1-year high of $53.51. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.84, a quick ratio of 0.59 and a current ratio of 0.74.
The business also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Tuesday, March 6th. Stockholders of record on Tuesday, February 20th were given a dividend of $0.58 per share. This represents a $2.32 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 5.28%. The ex-dividend date was Friday, February 16th. Southern’s dividend payout ratio is presently 272.94%.
SO has been the topic of a number of recent analyst reports. Mizuho restated a “buy” rating and issued a $55.00 price target on shares of Southern in a research report on Friday, December 8th. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Southern from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $57.00 price objective for the company in a research note on Tuesday, December 12th. Royal Bank of Canada reiterated a “buy” rating on shares of Southern in a research note on Friday, December 22nd. SunTrust Banks reiterated a “hold” rating and issued a $50.00 price objective on shares of Southern in a research note on Tuesday, December 26th. Finally, Guggenheim restated a “buy” rating and set a $52.00 price target on shares of Southern in a research note on Wednesday, January 3rd. Seven investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, seven have issued a hold rating and six have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. Southern currently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $49.47.
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The Southern Company (Southern Company) is a holding company. The Company owns all of the stock of the traditional electric operating companies and the parent entities of Southern Power Company (Southern Power) and Southern Company Gas, and owns other direct and indirect subsidiaries. The Company’s segments include Gas distribution operations, Gas marketing services, Wholesale gas services, Gas midstream operations and All other.
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