Southern (NYSE:SO) will be posting its Q4 2017 quarterly earnings results before the market opens on Wednesday, February 21st. Analysts expect Southern to post earnings of $0.47 per share for the quarter.

Shares of Southern (NYSE:SO) opened at $44.62 on Wednesday. Southern has a 12-month low of $42.63 and a 12-month high of $53.51. The firm has a market cap of $44,780.00, a PE ratio of 79.68, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 3.29 and a beta of 0.03. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.73, a quick ratio of 0.57 and a current ratio of 0.73.

The business also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Tuesday, March 6th. Shareholders of record on Tuesday, February 20th will be given a dividend of $0.58 per share. This represents a $2.32 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 5.20%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Friday, February 16th. Southern’s dividend payout ratio is presently 414.29%.

A number of equities research analysts have weighed in on the stock. JPMorgan Chase & Co. assumed coverage on shares of Southern in a research report on Friday, January 12th. They set an “underweight” rating and a $46.00 price target for the company. SunTrust Banks reiterated a “hold” rating and set a $52.00 price target on shares of Southern in a research report on Friday, October 20th. Mizuho restated a “buy” rating and issued a $52.00 price objective on shares of Southern in a report on Tuesday, December 26th. Bank of America restated an “underperform” rating and issued a $51.00 price objective on shares of Southern in a report on Tuesday, October 24th. Finally, Morgan Stanley dropped their price objective on shares of Southern from $48.00 to $44.00 and set an “underweight” rating for the company in a report on Tuesday. Six research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, nine have given a hold rating and six have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $50.03.

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Southern Company Profile

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.

Earnings History for Southern (NYSE:SO)

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