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Southern Company's Struggle: An Investor's Pespective

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Where Southern Company’s Total Returns Stand Next to Peers

Southern Company’s total returns

Southern Company (SO) has registered total returns of 2.5% in the past year, underperforming peers significantly. By comparison, NextEra Energy (NEE) has led peers with total returns of 14% during the same period.

Remember, total returns are a precise way of measuring utilities’ performances because they consider both capital gains and dividend payments over a particular period.

Where Southern Company’s Total Returns Stand Next to Peers

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Duke and Dominion

The largest regulated utility, Duke Energy (DUK), has returned 6% over the past year, while Dominion Resources’ (D) total returns over the same period stand at 10%.

Notably, utilities (XLU), in general, have given returns of 8% over the past year, while broader markets (SPY) (SPX-INDEX) have registered total returns of 18% over the same period.

For more on industry total returns, you might be interested in reading Market Realist’s series Where Utility Returns Stood among Other Sectors in 1Q17.

Continue the next part of this series (below) for a discussion of implied volatility.

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