Southern Co (SO): Today's Featured Utilities Laggard

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Southern ( SO) pushed the Utilities sector lower today making it today's featured Utilities laggard. The sector as a whole closed the day up 0.1%. By the end of trading, Southern fell $0.44 (-1.0%) to $43.50 on average volume. Throughout the day, 3,795,861 shares of Southern exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4,393,700 shares. The stock ranged in price between $43.47-$43.91 after having opened the day at $43.88 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $43.94. Other companies within the Utilities sector that declined today were: Ellomay Capital ( ELLO), down 3.3%, Cadiz ( CDZI), down 3.3%, GreenHunter Resources ( GRH), down 2.6% and PG&E ( PCG), down 1.9%.

The Southern Company, together with its subsidiaries, operates as a public electric utility company. Southern has a market cap of $38.5 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are up 6.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates Southern a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 11 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Southern as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, good cash flow from operations and growth in earnings per share. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including disappointing return on equity, poor profit margins and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself.

On the positive front, American DG Energy ( ADGE), up 13.6%, Ocean Power Technologies ( OPTT), up 8.8%, Targa Resources ( TRGP), up 4.7% and Centrais Eletricas Brasileiras ( EBR), up 3.9% , were all gainers within the utilities sector with EQT ( EQT) being today's featured utilities sector leader.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the utilities sector could consider Utilities Select Sector SPDR ( XLU) while those bearish on the utilities sector could consider ProShares UltraShort Utilities ( SDP).

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