Exane BNP Paribas Gives Morrison Wm Supermarkets PLC (LON:MRW) Lower Rating; Southern Company (the) (SO) Sellers Increased By 3.33% Their Shorts

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Southern Company (the) (NYSE:SO) had an increase of 3.33% in short interest. SO’s SI was 34.38M shares in April as released by FINRA. Its up 3.33% from 33.27M shares previously. With 6.17M avg volume, 6 days are for Southern Company (the) (NYSE:SO)’s short sellers to cover SO’s short positions. The stock increased 0.67% or $0.31 during the last trading session, reaching $46.4. About 4.89 million shares traded. The Southern Company (NYSE:SO) has declined 11.47% since April 30, 2017 and is downtrending. It has underperformed by 23.02% the S&P500.

Exane BNP Paribas decreased the shares of Morrison Wm Supermarkets PLC (LON:MRW) to a “Sell” rating in a a note issued to clients and investors on Monday morning.

The Southern Company, together with its subsidiaries, engages in the generation, transmission, and distribution of electricity. The company has market cap of $46.98 billion. The firm also constructs, acquires, owns, and manages power generation assets, including renewable energy projects; sells electricity in the wholesale market; and distributes natural gas in seven states, as well as provides gas marketing services, wholesale gas services, and gas midstream operations. It has a 55.24 P/E ratio. It owns/operates 33 hydroelectric generating stations, 29 fossil fuel generating stations, 3 nuclear generating stations, 14 combined cycle/cogeneration stations, 33 solar facilities, 9 wind facilities, 1 biomass facility, and 1 landfill gas facility.

Investors sentiment increased to 1.1 in Q4 2017. Its up 0.10, from 1 in 2017Q3. It improved, as 56 investors sold The Southern Company shares while 329 reduced holdings. 75 funds opened positions while 350 raised stakes. 548.17 million shares or 4.36% more from 525.28 million shares in 2017Q3 were reported. Aull Monroe Inv Mngmt holds 110,088 shares. Duncker Streett Inc owns 13,178 shares for 0.16% of their portfolio. Webster Comml Bank N A has 0.01% invested in The Southern Company (NYSE:SO) for 1,554 shares. Blume Cap Mgmt holds 0.01% of its portfolio in The Southern Company (NYSE:SO) for 500 shares. Kentucky Retirement Trust Fund holds 26,653 shares. Robeco Institutional Asset Bv invested 0.2% in The Southern Company (NYSE:SO). Perkins Coie Tru Communication owns 0.03% invested in The Southern Company (NYSE:SO) for 1,420 shares. The Massachusetts-based Bollard Grp Inc Limited Co has invested 0.45% in The Southern Company (NYSE:SO). Asset Strategies, New York-based fund reported 5,874 shares. Tiaa Cref Mngmt Ltd Company has invested 0.11% of its portfolio in The Southern Company (NYSE:SO). New Mexico Educational Retirement Board holds 0.17% or 96,037 shares in its portfolio. Hsbc Hldg Public Ltd holds 0.1% or 1.45 million shares. First Manhattan holds 6,720 shares or 0% of its portfolio. Alps owns 942,372 shares or 0.31% of their US portfolio. Sterling Mgmt Limited Liability accumulated 115,630 shares or 0.05% of the stock.

Among 20 analysts covering The Southern Company (NYSE:SO), 5 have Buy rating, 6 Sell and 9 Hold. Therefore 25% are positive. The Southern Company had 76 analyst reports since July 21, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. The firm has “Buy” rating given on Wednesday, August 30 by Jefferies. The stock of The Southern Company (NYSE:SO) has “Sector Perform” rating given on Friday, May 13 by Scotia Capital. Deutsche Bank maintained the stock with “Buy” rating in Thursday, February 22 report. Morgan Stanley maintained the shares of SO in report on Monday, April 16 with “Underweight” rating. The firm has “Hold” rating given on Monday, March 26 by SunTrust. On Sunday, August 16 the stock rating was upgraded by Zacks to “Hold”. The company was maintained on Tuesday, December 26 by SunTrust. The rating was maintained by Jefferies on Wednesday, July 19 with “Buy”. SunTrust maintained The Southern Company (NYSE:SO) rating on Wednesday, January 3. SunTrust has “Hold” rating and $49.0 target. The stock has “Hold” rating by SunTrust on Tuesday, January 16.

The stock increased 0.17% or GBX 0.4 during the last trading session, reaching GBX 240.4. About 21.84M shares traded or 80.24% up from the average. Wm Morrison Supermarkets PLC (LON:MRW) has 0.00% since April 30, 2017 and is . It has underperformed by 11.55% the S&P500.

Wm Morrison Supermarkets PLC operates retail super stores under the Morrisons brand name in the United Kingdom. The company has market cap of 5.65 billion GBP. The firm is involved in in-store and online grocery retailing. It has a 18.49 P/E ratio. It operates through 491 stores.

Among 22 analysts covering Morrison Wm Supermarkets PLC (LON:MRW), 5 have Buy rating, 8 Sell and 9 Hold. Therefore 23% are positive. Morrison Wm Supermarkets PLC has GBX 270 highest and GBX 125 lowest target. GBX 218.82’s average target is -8.98% below currents GBX 240.4 stock price. Morrison Wm Supermarkets PLC had 272 analyst reports since July 29, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. Credit Suisse maintained Wm Morrison Supermarkets PLC (LON:MRW) on Monday, October 2 with “Neutral” rating. Jefferies maintained Wm Morrison Supermarkets PLC (LON:MRW) on Wednesday, February 22 with “Hold” rating. The rating was maintained by Societe Generale on Friday, September 15 with “Sell”. On Wednesday, October 25 the stock rating was maintained by Deutsche Bank with “Hold”. Barclays Capital maintained Wm Morrison Supermarkets PLC (LON:MRW) on Wednesday, February 17 with “Underweight” rating. Barclays Capital maintained the shares of MRW in report on Tuesday, March 8 with “Underweight” rating. The stock of Wm Morrison Supermarkets PLC (LON:MRW) has “Hold” rating given on Wednesday, September 6 by HSBC. The stock has “Hold” rating by Deutsche Bank on Wednesday, September 21. The company was maintained on Friday, November 4 by Goldman Sachs. Credit Suisse maintained Wm Morrison Supermarkets PLC (LON:MRW) rating on Monday, September 26. Credit Suisse has “Neutral” rating and GBX 200 target.

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