Brief Report on Southern Company Stock

Shares of Utilities sector company Southern Company moved -0.4% today, and are now trading at a price of $68.93. The large-cap stock's daily volume was 1,385,811 compared to its average volume of 4,219,459. The S&P 500 index returned a 0.0% performance.

The Southern Company, through its subsidiaries, engages in the generation, transmission, and distribution of electricity. The company is based in Atlanta and has 27,423 full time employees. Its market capitalization is $75,180,146,688. Southern Company currently offers its equity investors a dividend that yields 4.0% per year.

17 analysts are following Southern Company and have set target prices ranging from $64.0 to $82.0 per share. On average, they have given the company a rating of buy. At today's prices, SO is trading -5.26% away from its average analyst target price of $72.76 per share.

Over the last year, SO's share price has increased by 7.0%, which represents a difference of -8.0% when compared to the S&P 500. The stock's 52 week high is $75.8 per share whereas its 52 week low is $61.56. Southern Company has averaged free cash flows of $-1613166666.7 over the last 6 years, with a mean growth rate of -18.9%. It is unlikely that the stock can sustain its current performance trend for the long term when the underlying business is experiencing such poor cash flows.

Date Reported Cash Flow from Operations ($ k) Capital expenditures ($ k) Free Cash Flow ($ k) YoY Growth (%)
2023 5,623,000 8,608,000 -2,985,000 -84.15
2022 6,302,000 7,923,000 -1,621,000 -14.4
2021 6,169,000 7,586,000 -1,417,000 -71.55
2020 6,696,000 7,522,000 -826,000 53.44
2019 5,781,000 7,555,000 -1,774,000 -67.99
2018 6,945,000 8,001,000 -1,056,000
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