Southern Company (NYSE:SO) -- Bi-Monthly Update
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Southern Company has had a rough 6 months and I Warned of this in my Forecasts long before that. Nearly a 15% pull-back from a fine Company like Southern, destroys all the Dividend payments for years as well as patiently watching ones investment grow so very nicely. (SO) is in its second recovery rally but I have no expectations for much upside. My Forecast for Utilities is bleak and I may well move to Cash very soon. Keep in touch with me via Email, if you like.
This weeks study of all my High Profile Utilities / Conventional Electricity - - Indexes, Companies and ETFs offers no help other than to confirm lower prices are coming. This is a study that is important to both me and my senior / retired Clients. The reason is, in good times it produces a solid dividend. I like exploring Utes like (SO) because like with any Sector there are the good, the bad and the ugly. Each time, it supports my Methodology of "Investing Wisely."
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Forecast & Opinion from my Study / Analytics:
Southern Company and other Utility Sector Companies are no tracking the General Market and the Utilities Sector very well. Although (SO) is in a notable decline $47 to $40 it is likely only topping. The current Rally will mitigate some of this loss, but not much or enough. Be prepared to sell if it does.
Forecasted Performance - - - Bullish Cycle (Possible Ending - very Soon):
The below Table is for your review, questions and perhaps thoughts. If you are seeking, what I call "Pazazz Performance" - - please Email me to open a dialog.
Typically, "Pazazz Performance" does not come from Companies like (SO). In good times this conservative giant does the job quite well along with paying a decent dividend. It's the bad or not so good times that can bite you where it hurts.
Southern Company (SO)
Forecasted Bullish "Alerts"
At this time (SO) remains in a Bullish mode and has produced an annualized profit - over the past few years of about +14.5%. (that's per year - not including dividends).
It, however is currently giving -- both Fundamental and Technical - - Bearish "Warnings" that if ignored will be costly.
Forecast Bullish "Alert" -- Initiated:
May, 2009 @ $23.50
Performance to Date: +74%
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My Current Forecast is not as bright as you may think! (I will be more specific upon request).
If you own or are considering owning Electric Power Companies, the securities are currently and definitely a mixed bag. Southern Company is currently strong Technically but I have reservations about my Fundamental Valuation, therefore I have placed it on an Strong Bearish Forecast - "Warning." My Forecast has, from 2009 until recently been "right on" and Bullish. Now, I am in one of my "Concerned" stages.
My Current Opinion is to HOLD in anticipation of taking profits. Holding-Cash will likely be my next Opinion, but I need to see much more with all the Economic Problems that are also occurring.
Fundamentally - ( weighting - - 40% ): My Valuations are improving producing future ascending projections. That's Good! Perhaps not "good" enough . . . I also focus on the Valuations for the over-all Utilities Sector and they are not doing all that well!
Technically - ( weighting - - 35% ): My Indicators are clearly and seriously breaking down. The pull-back since April at about $48. - current price $41. (that's nearly a 15% correction!) is offering strong support for my above Bearish "Warning." A re-bound rally should soon be in the making - - the strength of which will be very important as to when I will advise Clients to "Take Profits - and - move to Holding-Cash." Cash, even for a Long-Term find Dividend paying Company is often the most prudent investment strategy. Your study of the below "Twenty Year Perspective" might be worth your while.
Consensus Opinion - ( weighting - - 25% ): My third pillar of Research is one that is ALWAYS distorted to the Positive by most all financial analysts. I believe that is because they are afraid of being Bearish. I Am NOT! My articles on "Reality" are supportive of this - have a look.
I will personally and promptly reply to any serious investor's inquiry as to my very cautious position for (SO) !
A Twenty Year Perspective of Southern Company (SO)
It has NOT always been like you are being told by so many who do not take the time to "Invest Wisely." Southern Company (SO) has taken some big hits over the years.
URL for (20-years of -(SO): http://stockcharts.com/h-sc/ui?s=SO&p=W&yr=20&mn=0&dy=0&id=p25351548183&a=311910176
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Here are a number of the Component Companies / Peers in the Conventional Electricity Industry Group that I focus on rather frequently: SO, EXC, D, FE, NRG, AEP, AES, CNP, PPL, DUK, CPN, CMS, XEL, PCG, CIG, ETR, TE, PEG, NVE, NEE, ED, EIX, NI, POM, AEE, NU, WEC, DTE.
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