Southern Company (SO) Ex-Dividend Date Scheduled for January 31, 2013

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Southern Company ( SO ) will begin trading ex-dividend on January 31, 2013. A cash dividend payment of $0.49 per share is scheduled to be paid on March 06, 2013. Shareholders who purchased SO stock prior to the ex-dividend date are eligible for the cash dividend payment. This marks the 4th quarter that SO has paid the same dividend.

The previous trading day's last sale of SO was $44.35, representing a -8.73% decrease from the 52 week high of $48.59 and a 6.23% increase over the 52 week low of $41.75.

SO is a part of the Public Utilities sector, which includes companies such as Dominion Resources, Inc. ( D ) and NextEra Energy, Inc. ( NEE ). SO's current earnings per share, an indicator of a company's profitability, is $2.54. Zacks Investment Research reports SO's forecasted earnings growth in 2012 as 1.85%, compared to an industry average of 2.5%.

For more information on the declaration, record and payment dates, visit the SO Dividend History page.

Interested in gaining exposure to SO through an Exchange Traded Fund [ETF]?
The following ETF(s) have SO as a top-10 holding:

  • Select Sector SPDR Fund - Utilities ( XLU )
  • Vanguard Utilities ETF ( VPU )
  • iShares Dow Jones U.S. Utilities Index Fund ( IDU )
  • iShares S&P Global Utilities Sector Index Fund ( JXI )
  • Ml Utilities Hldr1240 (UTHYL).

The top-performing ETF of this group is JXI with an increase of 1.19% over the last 100 days. XLU has the highest percent weighting of SO at 8.61%.



The views and opinions expressed herein are the views and opinions of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of The NASDAQ OMX Group, Inc.



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Referenced Stocks: D , IDU , JXI , NEE , SO , VPU , XLU

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