Today's Unusual Social Activity Stock: Southern (SO) - TheStreet

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Trade-Ideas LLC identified

Southern

(

SO

) as an unusual social activity candidate. In addition to specific proprietary factors, Trade-Ideas identified Southern as such a stock due to the following factors:

  • SO has 11x the normal benchmarked social activity for this time of the day compared to its average of 4.19 mentions/day.
  • SO has an average dollar-volume (as measured by average daily share volume multiplied by share price) of $317.1 million.

Identifying stocks with 'Unusual Social Activity' tends to be a valuable process for traders looking to capitalize on the 'talk of the town' stocks that are basking in far more attention from the StockTwits financial community than normal. Good press? Bad press? It ultimately doesn't matter if it's good or bad if you know how to trade around the sentiment. Certain hedge funds use such data for their proprietary algorithms and it is not uncommon to see shared social sentiment play itself out in a stock's price trend.

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More details on SO:

The Southern Company, together with its subsidiaries, operates as a public electric utility company. The stock currently has a dividend yield of 4.6%. SO has a PE ratio of 18.3. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate Southern a buy, 3 analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

The average volume for Southern has been 4.9 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Southern has a market cap of $42.4 billion and is part of the utilities sector and utilities industry. The stock has a beta of 0.18 and a short float of 4.5% with 5.88 days to cover. Shares are up 15.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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Analysis:

TheStreet Quant Ratings

rates Southern as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, increase in stock price during the past year, compelling growth in net income, impressive record of earnings per share growth and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • SO's revenue growth has slightly outpaced the industry average of 4.5%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 5.2%. Growth in the company's revenue appears to have helped boost the earnings per share.
  • Compared to where it was a year ago today, the stock is now trading at a higher level, reflecting both the market's overall trend during that period and the fact that the company's earnings growth has been robust. Looking ahead, unless broad bear market conditions prevail, we still see more upside potential for this stock, despite the fact that it has already risen over the past year.
  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has significantly exceeded that of the S&P 500 and the Electric Utilities industry. The net income increased by 100.6% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from $313.00 million to $628.00 million.
  • The return on equity has improved slightly when compared to the same quarter one year prior. This can be construed as a modest strength in the organization. Compared to other companies in the Electric Utilities industry and the overall market on the basis of return on equity, SOUTHERN CO has outperformed in comparison with the industry average, but has underperformed when compared to that of the S&P 500.
  • SOUTHERN CO reported significant earnings per share improvement in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. This company has reported somewhat volatile earnings recently. But, we feel it is poised for EPS growth in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, SOUTHERN CO reported lower earnings of $1.87 versus $2.67 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($2.79 versus $1.87).

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