Analysts Estimate Buzz in Focus: The Southern Company (NYSE:SO), FirstEnergy Corp. (NYSE:FE)

The Southern Company (NYSE:SO) [Trend Analysis] tries to capture market sentiments, shares jumped down -1.78% to $48.55. Fundamentalist can give brighter side of a picture but an analyst can glow the darker parts stored in any investment. Let us view how analysts have ranked SO in recent few months. In ratings table the SO given BUY ratings by 1 analyst in current phase and 1 analyst suggest it as overweight security. The 5 number of analyst/s have SELL recommendation for current month on SO. While 15 number of analysts gave ratings for HOLD in current as compared to 2 analysts giving UNDERWEIGHT. As per remarks given by WSJ, overall consensus pool recommend it as Hold security.

The stock was assessed in terms of profitability as current quarter EPS estimate trends showed $0.33 at current month while compared with $0.35 in a month ago. The stock next year first quarter current estimate trend for EPS was for $0.67 and on annual basis FY 2016 estimate trends at current was for $2.91 as compared to one month ago of $2.90, and for next year per share earnings estimates have $2.99.

When calculating EPS estimates for the current year from sell-side analysts, the Price to current year EPS stands at 18.90%. Investors looking further ahead will note that the Price to next year’s EPS is 2.82%. (What Market Forces Produce Volatility in NYSE:SO Share? Find Free Report Here)

As for as concerns shares volumes, in share of capital The Southern Company (NYSE:SO) has 980.00 million outstanding shares among them 977.91 million shares have been floated in market exchange. SO institutional ownership remained 52.90% while insider ownership included 0.03%. The firm attains analyst recommendation of 3.20 with week’s performance of 0.12%

FirstEnergy Corp. (NYSE:FE) [Trend Analysis] shows fluctuation in active trade, on Thursday shares knock down -1.58% to $29.84. The FE held a rough session during the week but was ready to get some critical analysis. The stock was assessed by a pool of analysts at WSJ and came out with some serious outcomes not to be avoided before making investment. The FE ratings chart showed that 12 gave HOLD ratings for the current month as 1 analyst opting for Overweight option for same period, whereas, 1 analyst out of pool gave UNDERWEIGHT rating. For stocks’ current month, 7 analysts opted for BUY ratings as compared to 2 opting for SELL in the same period. The stock price target chart showed average price target of 34.68 as compared to current price of 29.84.

Taking look on per share earnings estimates, its next year first quarter current estimate trend for EPS was for $0.80 and on annual basis FY 2016 estimate trends at current was for $2.64 as compared to one month ago of $2.64, and for next year per share earnings estimates have $2.68.

The 52-week high of the share price is -16.68% and 52-week low of the share price is 1.74%. Current stock price is in the upbeat territory taking into account of 20 days moving average with -1.92% and continued bullish run for 50 days moving average with -3.59%.

Moving toward technical analysis, the current ratio, or the liquidity ratio of a company was calculated 0.50 as compared to its debt to equity ratio stands at 1.98. To take look on ration of tradable shares being shorted in market, float short ration was 2.44%, as compared to sentiment indicator; Short Ratio was 2.30. Taking notice in average true range, it was 0.50.

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