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The Future of Southern Company: Investor Expectations

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Southern Company on the Street: Analyst Recommendations and Price Targets

Analyst price targets

Wall Street analysts expect flat to negative movement from Southern Company (SO) stock going forward. The stock’s mean price target is now $51.61, compared with its current market price of $52.01, which indicates an implied fall of nearly 1%.

As of November 10, 2017, of the 17 analysts tracking Southern Company stock, eight recommend a “hold,” while four recommend a “buy.” One analyst recommends a “strong buy,” but two analysts recommend a “strong sell,” while two recommend a “sell.”

Southern Company on the Street: Analyst Recommendations and Price Targets

Peer price targets

According to Wall Street analysts, renewables titan NextEra Energy (NEE) has a mean target price of $159.08, compared with its current market price of $155.25, which represents a potential gain of 2.5%.

Duke Energy (DUK) stock is likely to have flat to negative movement from its current levels around $89.63. Analysts have given DUK a mean target price of $88.32, which indicates a potential fall of 1.5%.

Analysts have given Dominion Energy (D) a mean target price of $81.21, compared with its current market price of $81.24.

For a closer look at the analysts’ favorite utility stocks in the S&P 500 Utilities Index (XLU), check out Market Realist’s series Analysts’ Top 5 Favorite S&P 500 Utilities Stocks.

To learn more about US utilities (IDU) (XLU) and how the utility industry operates, you’ll want to read Powering Up: All You Need to Know about Utilities.

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