Southern Company ( SO ) will begin trading ex-dividend on November 16, 2018. A cash dividend payment of $0.6 per share is scheduled to be paid on December 06, 2018. Shareholders who purchased SO prior to the ex-dividend date are eligible for the cash dividend payment. This marks the 3rd quarter that SO has paid the same dividend. At the current stock price of $47.4, the dividend yield is 5.06%.
The previous trading day's last sale of SO was $47.4, representing a -9.97% decrease from the 52 week high of $52.65 and a 11.85% increase over the 52 week low of $42.38.
SO is a part of the Public Utilities sector, which includes companies such as NextEra Energy, Inc. ( NEE ) and Dominion Energy, Inc. ( D ). SO's current earnings per share, an indicator of a company's profitability, is $2.41. Zacks Investment Research reports SO's forecasted earnings growth in 2018 as .33%, compared to an industry average of 5.2%.
Interested in gaining exposure to SO through an Exchange Traded Fund [ETF]?
The following ETF(s) have SO as a top-10 holding:
- iShares U.S. Utilities ETF ( IDU )
- Fidelity MSCI Utilities Index ETF ( FUTY )
- iShares Global Utilities ETF ( JXI )
- Invesco High Yield Equity Dividend Achievers ETF ( PEY )
- ALPS Sector Dividend Dogs ETF ( SDOG ).
The top-performing ETF of this group is FUTY with an increase of 5.4% over the last 100 days. IDU has the highest percent weighting of SO at 5.74%.