3. As of noon trading, Southern ( SO) is down $0.22 (-0.5%) to $41.42 on light volume. Thus far, 1.4 million shares of Southern exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $41.40-$41.62 after having opened the day at $41.56 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $41.64.

The Southern Company, together with its subsidiaries, operates as a public electric utility company. Southern has a market cap of $36.5 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are down 2.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates Southern a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 12 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Southern as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. Get the full Southern Ratings Report now.

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