Southern Company ( SO ) will begin trading ex-dividend on February 16, 2017. A cash dividend payment of $0.56 per share is scheduled to be paid on March 06, 2017. Shareholders who purchased SO 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 $48.59, representing a -11.07% decrease from the 52 week high of $54.64 and a 5.17% increase over the 52 week low of $46.20.
SO is a part of the Public Utilities sector, which includes companies such as NextEra Energy, Inc. ( NEE ) and Dominion Resources, Inc. ( D ). SO's current earnings per share, an indicator of a company's profitability, is $2.69. Zacks Investment Research reports SO's forecasted earnings growth in 2016 as .05%, compared to an industry average of -3.1%.
Interested in gaining exposure to SO through an Exchange Traded Fund [ETF]?
The following ETF(s) have SO as a top-10 holding:
- SPDR SSGA US Large Cap Low Volatility Index ETF ( LGLV )
- iShares Edge MSCI Min Vol Global ETF ( ACWV ).
The top-performing ETF of this group is LGLV with an increase of 5.46% over the last 100 days. It also has the highest percent weighting of SO at 1.4%.