) pushed the Utilities sector lower today making it today's featured Utilities loser. The sector as a whole closed the day down 0.7%. By the end of trading, Southern fell 30 cents (-0.6%) to $46.25 on average volume. Throughout the day, 3.7 million shares of Southern exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.2 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $46.13-$46.46 after having opened the day at $46.36 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $46.55. Other company's within the Utilities sector that declined today were:
), down 17.1%,
), down 6.3%,
), down 5.2%, and
), down 5.1%.
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The Southern Company operates as an electric utility company. It is involved in the generation, transmission, and distribution of electricity through coal, nuclear, oil and gas, and hydro resources. Southern has a market cap of $40.36 billion and is part of the
industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 18.6, below the average utilities industry P/E ratio of 18.8 and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 0.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there is one analyst that rates Southern a buy, two analysts rate it a sell, and 13 rate it a hold.
TheStreet Ratings rates Southern as a
. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its notable return on equity and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.
- You can view the full Southern Ratings Report.
On the positive front,
), up 7%,
), up 3.9%,
), up 1.8%, and
), up 1.7%, were all gainers within the utilities sector with
) being today's featured utilities sector winner.
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