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Why I Like The Southern Company (NYSE:SO)

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The Southern Company (NYSE:SO) is a stock with outstanding fundamental characteristics. When we build an investment case, we need to look at the stock with a holistic perspective. In the case of SO, it is a highly-regarded dividend-paying company with a great history of delivering benchmark-beating performance. Below, I've touched on some key aspects you should know on a high level. For those interested in digging a bit deeper into my commentary, read the full report on Southern here.

6 star dividend payer with proven track record

Over the past year, SO has grown its earnings by 88%, with its most recent figure exceeding its annual average over the past five years. In addition to beating its historical values, SO also outperformed its industry, which delivered a growth of 4.2%. This is what investors like to see!

NYSE:SO Income Statement, September 2nd 2019

Income investors would also be happy to know that SO is one of the highest dividend payers in the market, with current dividend yield standing at 4.3%. SO has also been regularly increasing its dividend payments to shareholders over the past decade.

NYSE:SO Historical Dividend Yield, September 2nd 2019

Next Steps:

For Southern, I've compiled three pertinent aspects you should further research:

  1. Future Outlook: What are well-informed industry analysts predicting for SO’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for SO’s outlook.
  2. Financial Health: Are SO’s operations financially sustainable? Balance sheets can be hard to analyze, which is why we’ve done it for you. Check out our financial health checks here.
  3. Other Attractive Alternatives : Are there other well-rounded stocks you could be holding instead of SO? Explore our interactive list of stocks with large potential to get an idea of what else is out there you may be missing!

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