1 May

Southern Company Stock Is Trading in the Overbought Zone

WRITTEN BY Vineet Kulkarni

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Southern Company (SO) stock is currently trading at $53.2, close to its all-time high. It’s almost 4% and 13% above its 50-day and 200-day simple moving average levels, respectively. The fair premium to both these support levels suggests strength in the stock. Its 50-day level at $51.3 might act as a support for the stock in the short term. SO is trading in the overbought zone with its relative strength index at 72, implying an impending reversal in the stock.

Southern Company Stock Is Trading in the Overbought Zone

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Analyst price targets

Southern Company stock has a downside potential of 4% from its current market price of $53.2. Consensus estimates have given it a target price of $51.1. Credit Suisse raised SO’s target from $48.0 to $51.0 last week.

Wall Street analysts mostly look cautious on Southern Company stock. Among the 19 analysts that track SO, two recommended a “buy,” 12 recommended a “hold,” one analyst recommended a “strong sell,” and four recommended a “sell” as of May 1.

What differentiates Southern Company from its peers is its sturdy dividend profile. It offers a yield of 4.8% against utilities’ (XLU) average of 3.1%. It has increased dividends for the last 18 years. You can compare top utilities’ dividend profiles in Analyzing the Dividend Profiles of the Four Biggest Utilities.

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