4-Star Stocks Poised to Pop: Southern

Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, electric utility giant The Southern Company (NYSE: SO  ) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

With that in mind, let's take a closer look at Southern's business and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.

Southern facts

Headquarters (founded) Atlanta (1945)
Market Cap $39.4 billion
Industry Electric utilities
Trailing-12-Month Revenue $16.9 billion
Management Chairman/CEO Thomas Fanning
CFO Art Beattie
Return on Equity (average, past 3 years) 12%
Cash/Debt $665.0 million / $22.0 billion
Dividend Yield 4.4%
Competitors CenterPoint Energy
Entergy
NextEra Energy

Sources: S&P Capital IQ and Motley Fool CAPS.

On CAPS, 95% of the 1,084 members who have rated Southern believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.

Just last week, one of those bulls, skwimmer77, tapped Southern as a particularly solid pick:

[Southern] historically provides stability in depressed markets and recovers more quickly than most on emerging from depressed markets. [Southern] is making the change to natural gas fired plants as a replacement for coal energy. It's cheaper, simpler to permit and operate, and less polluting. Other utilities are going this direction; [Southern] is simply in the lead.  

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