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Southern Company’s Total Returns Compared to Its Peers

Vincent Kruger
Southern Company’s Total Returns Compared to Its Peers

Southern Company (SO) significantly lagged its peers in terms of total returns in the past few years. In the last 12 months, Southern Company returned -7%. In the past five years, the company returned 6% compounded annually. Total returns consider stock appreciation and dividends paid in a particular period. In comparison, the Utilities Select Sector SPDR ETF (XLU) has returned 5% in the last 12 months and 12% in the last five years compounded annually. The SPDR S&P 500 returned 15% in the past five years.