Southern Co. (SO - Free Report) closed the most recent trading day at $55.92, moving -1.13% from the previous trading session. This change was narrower than the S&P 500's 5.18% loss on the day. At the same time, the Dow lost 6.3%, and the tech-heavy Nasdaq lost 4.7%.
Coming into today, shares of the power company had lost 18.5% in the past month. In that same time, the Utilities sector lost 20.7%, while the S&P 500 lost 24.68%.
Wall Street will be looking for positivity from SO as it approaches its next earnings report date. In that report, analysts expect SO to post earnings of $0.75 per share. This would mark year-over-year growth of 7.14%. Our most recent consensus estimate is calling for quarterly revenue of $5.62 billion, up 3.82% from the year-ago period.
For the full year, our Zacks Consensus Estimates are projecting earnings of $3.17 per share and revenue of $22.12 billion, which would represent changes of +1.93% and +3.26%, respectively, from the prior year.
It is also important to note the recent changes to analyst estimates for SO. These revisions help to show the ever-changing nature of near-term business trends. With this in mind, we can consider positive estimate revisions a sign of optimism about the company's business outlook.
Our research shows that these estimate changes are directly correlated with near-term stock prices. Investors can capitalize on this by using the Zacks Rank. This model considers these estimate changes and provides a simple, actionable rating system.
The Zacks Rank system ranges from #1 (Strong Buy) to #5 (Strong Sell). It has a remarkable, outside-audited track record of success, with #1 stocks delivering an average annual return of +25% since 1988. Over the past month, the Zacks Consensus EPS estimate has moved 0.07% higher. SO currently has a Zacks Rank of #3 (Hold).
Valuation is also important, so investors should note that SO has a Forward P/E ratio of 17.82 right now. Its industry sports an average Forward P/E of 16.11, so we one might conclude that SO is trading at a premium comparatively.
Meanwhile, SO's PEG ratio is currently 4.45. This metric is used similarly to the famous P/E ratio, but the PEG ratio also takes into account the stock's expected earnings growth rate. The Utility - Electric Power was holding an average PEG ratio of 3.57 at yesterday's closing price.
The Utility - Electric Power industry is part of the Utilities sector. This group has a Zacks Industry Rank of 75, putting it in the top 30% of all 250+ industries.
The Zacks Industry Rank gauges the strength of our individual industry groups by measuring the average Zacks Rank of the individual stocks within the groups. Our research shows that the top 50% rated industries outperform the bottom half by a factor of 2 to 1.
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