Shares of Southwestern Energy (NYSE:SWN) have earned a consensus rating of “Hold” from the twenty-eight research firms that are covering the firm, Marketbeat Ratings reports. Seven research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, fifteen have issued a hold rating and five have assigned a buy rating to the company. The average 1 year target price among analysts that have covered the stock in the last year is $6.76.

Several equities analysts recently weighed in on SWN shares. ValuEngine raised Southwestern Energy from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Thursday, January 4th. Piper Jaffray reissued a “hold” rating and set a $7.00 price target on shares of Southwestern Energy in a research report on Tuesday, January 9th. Mizuho cut Southwestern Energy from a “neutral” rating to an “underperform” rating in a report on Tuesday, January 16th. Zacks Investment Research cut Southwestern Energy from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Wednesday, January 24th. Finally, Cowen set a $8.00 target price on Southwestern Energy and gave the company a “buy” rating in a report on Thursday, January 18th.

Shares of SWN traded up $0.01 during mid-day trading on Thursday, reaching $4.28. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 18,324,103 shares, compared to its average volume of 23,238,645. Southwestern Energy has a 12-month low of $3.42 and a 12-month high of $8.25. The company has a market cap of $2,495.02, a P/E ratio of 9.73 and a beta of 0.78. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 2.22, a quick ratio of 1.93 and a current ratio of 1.93.

Southwestern Energy (NYSE:SWN) last posted its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, March 1st. The energy company reported $0.12 earnings per share for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.09 by $0.03. Southwestern Energy had a return on equity of 21.54% and a net margin of 30.57%. The company had revenue of $809.00 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $802.77 million. During the same period last year, the firm earned $0.08 EPS. The firm’s revenue for the quarter was up 18.3% on a year-over-year basis. analysts predict that Southwestern Energy will post 0.74 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

Several institutional investors and hedge funds have recently added to or reduced their stakes in SWN. Disciplined Growth Investors Inc. MN increased its stake in Southwestern Energy by 0.8% in the 4th quarter. Disciplined Growth Investors Inc. MN now owns 6,879,426 shares of the energy company’s stock valued at $38,387,000 after buying an additional 51,514 shares during the last quarter. MetLife Investment Advisors LLC bought a new stake in Southwestern Energy in the 4th quarter valued at about $1,809,000. Castleark Management LLC boosted its holdings in Southwestern Energy by 8,157.9% in the 4th quarter. Castleark Management LLC now owns 156,900 shares of the energy company’s stock valued at $876,000 after purchasing an additional 155,000 shares during the period. Verition Fund Management LLC bought a new stake in Southwestern Energy in the 4th quarter valued at about $263,000. Finally, Bramshill Investments LLC boosted its holdings in Southwestern Energy by 103.4% in the 4th quarter. Bramshill Investments LLC now owns 117,185 shares of the energy company’s stock valued at $654,000 after purchasing an additional 59,584 shares during the period. 80.81% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.

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About Southwestern Energy

Southwestern Energy Company, an independent energy company, engages in the exploration, development, and production of natural gas and oil in the United States. It operates through two segments, Exploration and Production, and Midstream. The company focuses on the Marcellus Shale, an unconventional natural gas reservoir covering approximately 191,226 net acres in Northeast Appalachia; Marcellus Shale, Utica, and Upper Devonian unconventional natural gas and oil reservoirs covering approximately 290,291 net acres in Southwest Appalachia; and the Fayetteville Shale, an unconventional natural gas reservoir covering approximately 917,842 net acres in Arkansas.

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