StockCall Trend Study on Southern Co.: Electric Utilities Providing Stability
LONDON, January 18, 2013
LONDON, January 18, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --
Numerous electric utilities throughout the country are delivering steady
dividends and marginal gains. Investors should not be discouraged by a lack of
significant gains because the industry as a whole is very much in a transition
phase. StockCall has technical coverage today on The Southern Company (NYSE:
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The shift towards greener, cleaner and more renewable energy sources is
accelerating but it is also costing companies a lot of cash. Debt levels
throughout the industry are ticking upward but revenues are still consistent.
The long-term advantages of such moves could reward patient investors however.
The Southern Company [ Free Research Report on SO ] ^(1) saw feeble earnings
of late largely because of weather related issues but its debts and heavy
investments in Nuclear energy and clean coal also contributed to its financial
Natural gas prices are also edging higher as the country's seemingly never
ending supply glut appears to be contracting. Utilities with a diverse mix of
power sources are beginning to make adjustments to their ratios. Nuclear
facilities are gaining favor amongst electric utilities such as Southern
Company which wish to mitigate their exposure to natural gas pricing
volatility. Still, supplies may yet edge higher as drilling operations
increase and become more efficient.
Southern Co. will be releasing its financial report on January 30 ^th . For
its last reported quarter, the company projected that its earnings for its
upcoming fourth quarter would be in the range of $0.38 to $0.40 per share.
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