Headlines about Southern (NYSE:SO) have trended somewhat positive recently, Accern reports. The research group scores the sentiment of media coverage by analyzing more than twenty million blog and news sources. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Southern earned a media sentiment score of 0.09 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news headlines about the utilities provider an impact score of 45.5934430449005 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the near future.

These are some of the news headlines that may have effected Accern’s analysis:

Southern (NYSE SO) traded down $1.04 during mid-day trading on Wednesday, hitting $43.58. The stock had a trading volume of 8,007,636 shares, compared to its average volume of 8,440,000. The firm has a market capitalization of $43,740.00, a P/E ratio of 77.82, a P/E/G ratio of 3.31 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 debt-to-equity ratio of 1.73, a current ratio of 0.73 and a quick ratio of 0.57.

The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Tuesday, March 6th. Stockholders of record on Tuesday, February 20th will be issued a $0.58 dividend. This represents a $2.32 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 5.32%. The ex-dividend date is Friday, February 16th. Southern’s payout ratio is currently 414.29%.

SO has been the topic of several recent analyst reports. Zacks Investment Research lowered shares of Southern from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Monday, January 15th. Goldman Sachs Group reiterated a “sell” rating on shares of Southern in a research note on Wednesday, January 10th. Bank of America reiterated an “underperform” rating and issued a $51.00 price target on shares of Southern in a research note on Tuesday, October 24th. Mizuho reiterated a “buy” rating and issued a $52.00 price target on shares of Southern in a research note on Tuesday, December 26th. Finally, JPMorgan Chase & Co. initiated coverage on shares of Southern in a research note on Friday, January 12th. They issued an “underweight” rating and a $46.00 price target on the stock. Six equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, nine have assigned a hold rating and six have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. Southern presently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $50.03.

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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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