Southern Company’s Price Targets after Goldman Sachs Downgrade
According to the Wall Street analyst consensus, Southern Company (SO) stock has a mean price target of $50.0 against its current market price of $45.3, which indicates a potential gain of approximately 11% in a year.
Among the 17 analysts covering Southern Company, seven analysts rate the stock as a “hold,” while four recommend it as a “buy” and one analyst recommends it as a “strong buy.” Three analysts recommend it as a “sell” while two recommend it as a “strong sell” as of January 12, 2018.
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Goldman Sachs cut Southern Company’s outlook from “neutral” to “sell” on January 11, 2018. It has also lowered Southern Company’s price target from $49.0 to $45.0. SunTrust Robinson Humphrey also lowered Southern Company’s price target from $50.0 to $49.0 last week.
Peer price targets
Duke Energy (DUK), Southern Company’ peer, has a mean price target of $87.9, which implies a gain potential of 11% for the next 12 months. It is currently trading at $79.3.
Goldman Sachs cut Duke Energy’s outlook to “neutral” from “buy” on January 11, 2018.
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