Southern (SO) Given a $47.00 Price Target at SunTrust Banks

Southern (NYSE:SO) received a $47.00 price objective from equities researchers at SunTrust Banks in a report released on Monday. The firm presently has a “hold” rating on the utilities provider’s stock. SunTrust Banks’ target price suggests a potential upside of 8.07% from the company’s current price.

A number of other equities analysts have also weighed in on the stock. Zacks Investment Research lowered shares of Southern from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Wednesday, December 27th. Goldman Sachs Group reiterated a “sell” rating on shares of Southern in a report on Wednesday, January 10th. Bank of America reiterated an “underperform” rating and issued a $51.00 price target on shares of Southern in a report on Tuesday, October 24th. Mizuho reiterated a “buy” rating and issued a $52.00 price target on shares of Southern in a report on Tuesday, December 26th. Finally, JPMorgan Chase & Co. initiated coverage on shares of Southern in a report on Friday, January 12th. They issued an “underweight” rating and a $46.00 price target on the stock. Six investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, nine have assigned a hold rating and six have assigned a buy rating to the company. The company has an average rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $50.50.

Southern (NYSE:SO) opened at $43.49 on Monday. The firm has a market cap of $43,650.00, a price-to-earnings ratio of 77.66, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 3.28 and a beta of 0.03. Southern has a 1-year low of $42.63 and a 1-year high of $53.51. The company has a quick ratio of 0.57, a current ratio of 0.73 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.73.

Large investors have recently bought and sold shares of the stock. Farmers & Merchants Trust Co of Chambersburg PA acquired a new position in shares of Southern during the 3rd quarter valued at $105,000. Monroe Bank & Trust MI lifted its holdings in shares of Southern by 17.9% during the 2nd quarter. Monroe Bank & Trust MI now owns 2,300 shares of the utilities provider’s stock valued at $110,000 after acquiring an additional 350 shares in the last quarter. AlphaMark Advisors LLC lifted its holdings in shares of Southern by 0.6% during the 2nd quarter. AlphaMark Advisors LLC now owns 2,363 shares of the utilities provider’s stock valued at $113,000 after acquiring an additional 14 shares in the last quarter. Fieldpoint Private Securities LLC purchased a new stake in Southern during the 3rd quarter worth $118,000. Finally, Acropolis Investment Management LLC purchased a new stake in Southern during the 4th quarter worth $134,000. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 53.64% of the company’s stock.

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About Southern

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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