Southern Co (SO) Upgraded to Buy on Solid Quant Score

SO stock a buy in latest weekly rating.

By Portfolio Grader

Southern Co (NYSE:SO) ranks in the top 10% of its industry group, Electric Utilities, and in the top decile of sector group, Utilities, with a market value of $51.2 billion. From an investment attractiveness viewpoint, SO is ranked in the third quartile of the sector with a ranking of 71 among the 113 companies in the sector; The current Portfolio Grader ranking for SO puts it 26 among the 39 companies in this industry group, which is a below-average position and number 1,522 in the 5000 company Portfolio Grader company universe.

SO has a current recommendation of Buy using Louis Navellier's Portfolio Grader stock evaluator, which incorporates his investing methodology. The shares have been upgraded from a Hold to a Buy in the last week.

Currently, Portfolio Grader ranks the Utilities sector number 1 among the 12 sectors in its universe putting it atop all the GICS sectors. The Electric Utilities industry group is ranked 1 among the 69 industry groups within the GICS sectors, placing it well above-average in terms of the Navellier scoring system.

Southern Co has earned above-average scores in 0 of the 8 fundamental areas appraised by Portfolio Grader and average or below-average grades in 8 of the areas used in the ranking of company stocks.

SO's operational scores are below the industry norms for sales growth, operating margin, and earnings growth. Scores for visibility of earnings are a source of great concern with a ranking for earnings revisions, earnings surprises and earnings momentum that are worse than average. SO's metrics for cash flow and return on equity are worse than its industry group average. These fundamental scores give Southern Co a position in the bottom quartile of the industry group.

Portfolio Grader quantitatively measures SO's shares using the Navellier Proprietary Quantitative Score. This metric looks at SO's shares from the aspect of risk/reward. This exclusive scoring methodology balances the relative value of the company's shares based on the current price of the shares relative to its peers, the market and risk associated with its industry and sector groups. Based on this risk/reward calculation, SO currently scores above-average in its industry group compared to its peers.

Louis Navellier's proprietary Portfolio Grader stock ranking system assesses roughly 5,000 companies every week based on a number of fundamental and quantitative measures. Stocks are given a letter grade based on their results, with A being 'strong buy' and F being 'strong sell'. Explore the tool here.

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