Analysts Offer Insights on Utilities Companies: SM Energy (NYSE: SM), Southern Co (NYSE: SO) and Southwestern Energy (NYSE: SWN)

Companies in the Utilities sector have received a lot of coverage today as analysts weigh in on SM Energy (SMResearch Report), Southern Co (SOResearch Report) and Southwestern Energy (SWNResearch Report).

SM Energy (SM)

Credit Suisse analyst William Janela maintained a Hold rating on SM Energy yesterday and set a price target of $4.00. The company’s shares closed last Friday at $2.67, close to its 52-week low of $0.90.

According to TipRanks.com, Janela is a 4-star analyst with an average return of 22.1% and a 63.2% success rate. Janela covers the Utilities sector, focusing on stocks such as Centennial Resource Development, Continental Resources, and Magnolia Oil & Gas.

Currently, the analyst consensus on SM Energy is a Hold with an average price target of $4.50, which is a 28.9% upside from current levels. In a report issued on July 16, Siebert Williams Shank & Co also maintained a Hold rating on the stock with a $4.50 price target.

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Southern Co (SO)

In a report released today, Michael Weinstein W. from Credit Suisse maintained a Hold rating on Southern Co, with a price target of $61.00. The company’s shares closed last Friday at $53.93.

According to TipRanks.com, W. is a 5-star analyst with an average return of 18.2% and a 63.4% success rate. W. covers the Utilities sector, focusing on stocks such as Nextera Energy Partners, Pinnacle West Capital, and Consolidated Edison.

The word on The Street in general, suggests a Hold analyst consensus rating for Southern Co with a $60.43 average price target, a 10.1% upside from current levels. In a report issued on July 22, Mizuho Securities also maintained a Hold rating on the stock with a $53.00 price target.

Southwestern Energy (SWN)

In a report released yesterday, William Featherston from Credit Suisse maintained a Sell rating on Southwestern Energy, with a price target of $2.00. The company’s shares closed last Friday at $2.40.

According to TipRanks.com, Featherston is ranked 0 out of 5 stars with an average return of -5.6% and a 44.3% success rate. Featherston covers the Utilities sector, focusing on stocks such as Occidental Petroleum, Concho Resources, and Cabot Oil & Gas.

Currently, the analyst consensus on Southwestern Energy is a Hold with an average price target of $3.03.

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