Diehard Bargain Hunter: The Southern Company (SO), DXC Technology Company (DXC)

The Southern Company (NYSE:SO) shares were trading higher by 0.9 percent ($0.46) at $51.82 a piece in Monday’s session. It had closed the previous session at $51.36. SO trades with a P/S ratio of 2.33. This is lower than the both industry’s 2.41 and the wider sector’s 10.35. A low price-to-sales ratio, typically less than 1.0, is considered a good value. Also, it has an estimated price-earnings (P/E) multiple of 17.09 and a trailing 12-month price-earnings (P/E) multiple of 93.37. Shares of SO have uptrended 5.84% in the past three months, while the S&P 500 has moved 0.28% in that time. The Southern Company (SO) has a market cap of $52.67 billion and over the last 12 months, The Southern Company (NYSE:SO) has gone stronger by 8.46%. During the last 52 weeks, the (NYSE:SO) price has been as high as $53.51 and as low as $46.2. The Southern Company earnings have declined with an annualized rate of 0% over the last 5 years.

The Southern Company (Mean Target Price: $51.46)

The average 1-year price target for The Southern Company (SO) — averaging the work of different analysts — reveals a mean PT of $51.46/share. That’s a potential -0.69 decrease relative to where The Southern Company (NYSE:SO) has been trading recently. The current price is seen ranging between $51.4 and $51.99. There are brokerage firms with lower targets than the average, including one setting a price target of $44. And then on the other side of the spectrum one analyst entrenched in the bullish camp has a target as high as $56.

The Southern Company (SO) Consensus Recommendation

The collective rating of 3 for The Southern Company (NYSE:SO) also leans strongly towards the neutral end of the spectrum. Of the 17 analysts surveyed by Reuters that track SO 8 of them rate its stock a hold. The other 9, though not evenly; between analysts who think you should buy The Southern Company versus those who think you should sell it. A 5 analysts rate it as either a buy or a strong buy, while4 believe that investors should either steer clear of SO or, if they already own its stock, sell it.

Is DXC Technology Company (NYSE:DXC) Cheap From Peers?

DXC Technology Company (DXC) pulled off a 0.9 percent gain and now trades for $96.8. DXC comes in with a P/S ratio of 1.74 that’s greater than 1, potentially implying that it could be expensive relative to the overall sector (2.86) and its peers (4.71). Also, it has an estimated price-earnings (P/E) multiple of 11.24 and a trailing 12-month price-earnings (P/E) multiple of 161.33. During the last 52 weeks, the price has been as high as $99 and as low as $57.06. DXC Technology Company (NYSE:DXC) earnings have declined with a quarterly rate of -12.1% over the last 5 years. Shares of DXC have increased 13.42% in the past three monthswhile the S&P 500 has gained 10.55% in that time.

DXC Technology Company (Price Objective: $101.05)

DXC Technology Company (NYSE:DXC) has a market cap of $27.58 billion and over the last 12 months, DXC has risen by 58.9%. The average 1-year price target for (DXC) reveals an average price target of $101.05 per share. That’s a potential 4.39 gain from where (NYSE:DXC) has been trading recently. There are brokerage firms with lower targets than the average, including one setting a price target of $75. And then on the other side of the spectrum one analyst entrenched in the bullish camp has a target as high as $123.

Analyst Thoughts About DXC Technology Company (NYSE:DXC)

The consensus recommendation — averaging the work of 19 analysts — of 2.2 for DXC Technology Company (DXC) points to moderate case. Of the analysts surveyed by Reuters that track DXC Technology Company 7 of them rate its stock a hold. The other 12 are split, though not evenly, between analysts who think you should buy its stock versus those who think you should sell it. A 12 analysts rate it as either a buy or a strong buy, while 0 believe that investors should either steer clear of (NYSE:DXC) or, if they already own its stock, sell it.