Stock Chatter: Southern Co (NYSE:SO) Price Target Update

During the past trading session, shares of Southern Co (NYSE:SO) traded -0.78%. Covering analysts are predicting the stock to move to $51.31 within the next year. Depending on the analyst, target price projections may differ widely. This target price is a consensus number based on polled analysts by Thomson Reuters. 

Analysts and investors may use different metrics in order to calculate a price target projection. A very common metric used is the price to earnins ratio of a company. This calculation comes from dividing the current share price by the projected earnings per share. At the time of writing, Southern Company (The) Common S has a P/E Ratio of 17.74. Investors may also examine a company’s PEG or price to earnings growth ratio. The PEG ratio represents the ratio of the price to earnings to the anticipated future growth rate of the company. A company with a PEG Ratio below one may be seen as undervalued while a PEG Ratio above one may signal that the company is overvalued. A PEG Ratio close to one may be considered to be fair value. Currently, the stock has a PEG Ratio of 5.02.

Let’s take a quick look at stock performance. Shares are currently trading $-2.41 away from the 50-day moving average of $49.64 and $-3.97 away from the 200-day moving average of $51.20. Shares are currently trading -13.56% away from the 52-week high price of 54.64 and +8.03% off the 52-week low of 43.72. Keeping an eye on the stock price relative to moving averages and yearly highs/lows may help evaluate future stock value.