Lodestar Investment Counsel Boosted By $996,585 Its Lowes Companies (LOW) Stake; Orleans Capital Management Has Cut Southern Co (SO) Holding

Lodestar Investment Counsel Llc increased Lowes Companies Inc. (LOW) stake by 4.15% reported in 2017Q3 SEC filing. Lodestar Investment Counsel Llc acquired 12,615 shares as Lowes Companies Inc. (LOW)’s stock rose 10.23%. The Lodestar Investment Counsel Llc holds 316,465 shares with $25.30 million value, up from 303,850 last quarter. Lowes Companies Inc. now has $84.37 billion valuation. The stock increased 0.70% or $0.71 during the last trading session, reaching $101.68. About 5.30 million shares traded. Lowe's Companies, Inc. (NYSE:LOW) has risen 5.92% since January 18, 2017 and is uptrending. It has underperformed by 10.78% the S&P500.

Orleans Capital Management Corp decreased Southern Co (SO) stake by 10.78% reported in 2017Q3 SEC filing. Orleans Capital Management Corp sold 7,029 shares as Southern Co (SO)’s stock rose 4.35%. The Orleans Capital Management Corp holds 58,173 shares with $2.86 million value, down from 65,202 last quarter. Southern Co now has $45.21B valuation. The stock increased 0.87% or $0.39 during the last trading session, reaching $45.05. About 10.60 million shares traded or 105.50% up from the average. The Southern Company (NYSE:SO) has risen 2.49% since January 18, 2017 and is uptrending. It has underperformed by 14.21% the S&P500.

Analysts await The Southern Company (NYSE:SO) to report earnings on February, 28. They expect $0.47 EPS, up 95.83% or $0.23 from last year’s $0.24 per share. SO’s profit will be $471.71 million for 23.96 P/E if the $0.47 EPS becomes a reality. After $1.12 actual EPS reported by The Southern Company for the previous quarter, Wall Street now forecasts -58.04% negative EPS growth.

Investors sentiment decreased to 1 in Q3 2017. Its down 0.16, from 1.16 in 2017Q2. It turned negative, as 51 investors sold SO shares while 353 reduced holdings. 76 funds opened positions while 330 raised stakes. 525.28 million shares or 0.91% more from 520.53 million shares in 2017Q2 were reported. Edge Wealth Mgmt Ltd Llc reported 1.24% of its portfolio in The Southern Company (NYSE:SO). Trust Of Toledo Na Oh has invested 0.1% in The Southern Company (NYSE:SO). Marble Harbor Investment Counsel Ltd stated it has 9,192 shares. Manufacturers Life Insurance The has invested 0.1% in The Southern Company (NYSE:SO). Greenleaf Tru invested in 0% or 922 shares. Waters Parkerson & Ltd has 25,289 shares for 0.11% of their portfolio. 35,004 are held by Jefferies Gp Lc. Confluence Management Lc accumulated 1.99 million shares. Bb&T Secs Limited Liability Co invested in 353,209 shares or 0.24% of the stock. Cullen Frost Bankers Inc reported 37,914 shares. Dixon Hubard Feinour And Brown Va holds 61,323 shares or 0.86% of its portfolio. Qci Asset Management Ny holds 1.05% or 191,051 shares. Axa invested 0.2% in The Southern Company (NYSE:SO). Hancock holds 0.09% or 45,016 shares. Mufg Americas Holdings accumulated 22,409 shares or 0.04% of the stock.

Since August 3, 2017, it had 0 buys, and 5 insider sales for $11.99 million activity. BOWERS WILLIAM P sold $4.26 million worth of The Southern Company (NYSE:SO) on Tuesday, October 10. Daiss Ann P had sold 5,000 shares worth $261,400 on Friday, October 20. Kerr – II James Y sold $1.30 million worth of stock. 75,144 The Southern Company (NYSE:SO) shares with value of $3.70M were sold by WOMACK CHRISTOPHER C. BEATTIE ART P had sold 46,941 shares worth $2.46M.

Among 19 analysts covering The Southern Company (NYSE:SO), 6 have Buy rating, 6 Sell and 7 Hold. Therefore 32% are positive. The Southern Company has $62 highest and $43 lowest target. $50.31’s average target is 11.68% above currents $45.05 stock price. The Southern Company had 57 analyst reports since July 21, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. The rating was maintained by SunTrust on Monday, September 26 with “Neutral”. As per Tuesday, October 17, the company rating was maintained by Mizuho. Argus Research downgraded the shares of SO in report on Friday, March 3 to “Hold” rating. Zacks upgraded it to “Hold” rating and $51 target in Sunday, August 16 report. As per Wednesday, October 18, the company rating was maintained by SunTrust. Jefferies upgraded The Southern Company (NYSE:SO) on Friday, March 3 to “Buy” rating. SunTrust maintained The Southern Company (NYSE:SO) rating on Tuesday, January 16. SunTrust has “Hold” rating and $47.0 target. The company was maintained on Sunday, September 3 by RBC Capital Markets. The stock of The Southern Company (NYSE:SO) has “Hold” rating given on Tuesday, December 26 by SunTrust. The rating was maintained by RBC Capital Markets with “Buy” on Monday, October 30.

Since September 19, 2017, it had 0 insider purchases, and 2 insider sales for $778,532 activity. Shares for $614,857 were sold by Hollifield Matthew V on Friday, September 22. Ramsay Paul D had sold 2,098 shares worth $163,675.

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