Featured Stocks to Focus: Southern Company (The) (NYSE:SO), FirstEnergy Corp. (NYSE:FE)

Southern Company (The) (NYSE:SO)

Bank of America Upgrades Southern Company (The) (NYSE:SO)’s stock to Neutral with the price target of $46. This rating was issued on 10/10/18. The stock recently closed its previous session at $44.86 by showing a percentage change of -0.91% from its previous day closing price of $45.27.

Price Target is basically a projection of future price of a company’s stock by the expert analysis of investment analysts or investment firms. There may be various price targets for a stock. These analysts and investment firms use various valuation methods to decide a price target for a stock.

Several investment firms issued their expert ratings on Southern Company (The) (NYSE:SO) in which Morgan Stanley Maintains Southern Company (The) (NYSE:SO) to Underweight by settling a price target of $44 on 9/21/18. Bank of America Maintains the stock to Underperform on 8/22/18 by stationing a price target of $46. Credit Suisse Downgrades the company’s stock to Underperform on 8/09/18 by setting a price target of $43. Guggenheim Downgrades Southern Company (The) (NYSE:SO) to Neutral with a price target of $47.

Southern Company (The) (NYSE:SO) currently has a consensus Price Target of $45.79. While some analysts have a High Price target for the stock of $52 and a Low Price Target of $41.

Several sell side analysts reviewed their recommendations on Southern Company (The) (NYSE:SO) where 0 analyst have rated the stock as Strong Buy, 2 analysts said it’s a Buy, 10 rated the stock as Hold, 6 analysts reported Underperform and 2 analysts gave their recommendations as Sell. (Current Month Yahoo Finance Ratings)

Zacks Investment Research also rated the stock with a value of 3.37. This scale runs from 1 to 5 where 1 represents Strong Buy and 5 represents Sell.

In the last Quarter, Southern Company (The) (NYSE:SO) reported its Actual EPS of $0.8/share. The analysts offering Earnings Estimates for the company were believing that Southern Company (The) (NYSE:SO) could bring EPS of $0.69/share. The difference between Actual EPS and Estimated EPS was 0.11 Percent. Thus the company showed an Earnings Surprise of 15.9 Percent.

Southern Company (The) (NYSE:SO) has a market capitalization of 45.49 Billion. The stock traded with the volume of 7.82 Million shares in the last trading session. The stock touched its high share price of $53.51 on 11/03/17 and the stock also touched its Lowest price in the last 52-weeks of trading on 02/22/18 as $42.38. The company has a 1 Year high price target of $45.61. The stock is currently trading with a distance of 20-Day Simple Moving Average (SMA20) of 1.7%. The Moving Average SMA50 is 1.11% while SMA200 is -0.17%.

Southern Company (The) (NYSE:SO) is currently showing its ROA (Return on Assets) of 2.1%. The Return on Investment (ROI) is at 2.9% while it’s Return on Equity (ROE) value stands at 9.7%. The stock currently shows its YTD (Year to Date) performance of -6.72 percent while its Weekly performance value is -0.47%. The Monthly and Yearly performances are 3.75 percent and -13.83 percent respectively. The Relative Volume value measured for Southern Company (The) (NYSE:SO) is 1.2. The Average Volume (3 months) is 6.5 Million.

The stock currently has its Annual Dividend of $2.4 and an annual Dividend Yield of 5.35 Percent. SO has P/E (Price to Earnings ttm) value of 21.86, Forward P/E of 14.89, P/C (Price to cash per share) of 23.19 and Price to Free Cash Flow (P/FCF) value of 478.23. The stock is showing its Operating Margin of 18 percent.

Company Profile:

Southern Company is America’s premier energy company. The company provides clean, safe, reliable and affordable energy through electric operating companies in the states, natural gas distribution companies in the states, a competitive generation company serving wholesale customers across America and nationally recognized provider of energy solutions, as well as fiber optics and wireless communications. Southern Company brands are known for excellent customer service, high reliability and affordable prices that are below the national average. Through an industry-leading commitment to innovation, the company and its subsidiaries are inventing America’s energy future by developing the full portfolio of energy resources, including carbon-free nuclear, 21st century coal, natural gas, renewables and energy efficiency, and creating new products and services for the benefit of customers.

FirstEnergy Corp. (NYSE:FE)

Citigroup Maintains FirstEnergy Corp. (NYSE:FE)’s stock to Neutral with the price target of $37. This rating was issued on 10/03/18. The stock recently closed its previous session at $36.71 by showing a percentage change of -3.11% from its previous day closing price of $37.89.

Price Target is basically a projection of future price of a company’s stock by the expert analysis of investment analysts or investment firms. There may be various price targets for a stock. These analysts and investment firms use various valuation methods to decide a price target for a stock.

Several investment firms issued their expert ratings on FirstEnergy Corp. (NYSE:FE) in which Morgan Stanley Maintains FirstEnergy Corp. (NYSE:FE) to Overweight by settling a price target of $40 on 9/21/18. Wells Fargo Maintains the stock to Outperform on 9/17/18 by stationing a price target of $42. Morgan Stanley Maintains the company’s stock to Overweight on 9/11/18 by setting a price target of $41. Bank of America Maintains FirstEnergy Corp. (NYSE:FE) to Buy with a price target of $39.

FirstEnergy Corp. (NYSE:FE) currently has a consensus Price Target of $39.81. While some analysts have a High Price target for the stock of $43 and a Low Price Target of $36.

Several sell side analysts reviewed their recommendations on FirstEnergy Corp. (NYSE:FE) where 6 analyst have rated the stock as Strong Buy, 6 analysts said it’s a Buy, 6 rated the stock as Hold, 0 analysts reported Underperform and 0 analysts gave their recommendations as Sell. (Current Month Yahoo Finance Ratings)

Zacks Investment Research also rated the stock with a value of 1.73. This scale runs from 1 to 5 where 1 represents Strong Buy and 5 represents Sell.

In the last Quarter, FirstEnergy Corp. (NYSE:FE) reported its Actual EPS of $0.8/share. The analysts offering Earnings Estimates for the company were believing that FirstEnergy Corp. (NYSE:FE) could bring EPS of $0.71/share. The difference between Actual EPS and Estimated EPS was 0.09 Percent. Thus the company showed an Earnings Surprise of 12.7 Percent.

FirstEnergy Corp. (NYSE:FE) has a market capitalization of 17.84 Billion. The stock traded with the volume of 7.82 Million shares in the last trading session. The stock touched its high share price of $39.01 on 10/24/18 and the stock also touched its Lowest price in the last 52-weeks of trading on 01/19/18 as $29.33. The company has a 1 Year high price target of $39.69. The stock is currently trading with a distance of 20-Day Simple Moving Average (SMA20) of -2.86%. The Moving Average SMA50 is -2% while SMA200 is 5.49%.

FirstEnergy Corp. (NYSE:FE) is currently showing its ROA (Return on Assets) of -4.1%. The Return on Investment (ROI) is at -2.9% while it’s Return on Equity (ROE) value stands at -25.9%. The stock currently shows its YTD (Year to Date) performance of 19.89 percent while its Weekly performance value is -5.51%. The Monthly and Yearly performances are 0.49 percent and 15.51 percent respectively. The Relative Volume value measured for FirstEnergy Corp. (NYSE:FE) is 2.28. The Average Volume (3 months) is 3.42 Million.

The stock currently has its Annual Dividend of $1.44 and an annual Dividend Yield of 3.92 Percent. FE has P/E (Price to Earnings ttm) value of 0, Forward P/E of 14.63, P/C (Price to cash per share) of 42.24 and Price to Free Cash Flow (P/FCF) value of 132.49. The stock is showing its Operating Margin of 1.3 percent.

Company Profile:

Headquartered in Akron, Ohio, FirstEnergy Corporation is a leading regional energy provider dedicated to safety, operational excellence and responsive customer service. Their subsidiaries are involved in the transmission, distribution and generation of electricity. The company’s transmission subsidiaries operate transmission lines connecting the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic regions. FirstEnergy subsidiaries own or control generating capacity from nuclear, coal, natural gas, hydro, wind and solar facilities. FirstEnergy Solutions, their competitive subsidiary, is a retail energy supplier serving residential, commercial and industrial customers in Ohio, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland, Michigan and Illinois.