Southwestern Energy (NYSE:SWN) shares rose 5.8% during mid-day trading on Monday . The company traded as high as $5.88 and last traded at $5.81. Approximately 16,684,221 shares changed hands during trading, a decline of 5% from the average daily volume of 17,552,828 shares. The stock had previously closed at $5.49.

SWN has been the topic of a number of research analyst reports. Scotiabank set a $8.00 price target on Southwestern Energy and gave the company a “hold” rating in a report on Saturday, October 21st. Stifel Nicolaus reaffirmed a “buy” rating on shares of Southwestern Energy in a report on Thursday, September 14th. Barclays lowered their price target on Southwestern Energy from $6.00 to $5.00 and set an “equal weight” rating on the stock in a report on Wednesday, October 11th. Piper Jaffray Companies set a $8.00 price target on Southwestern Energy and gave the company a “hold” rating in a report on Thursday, August 24th. Finally, Morgan Stanley upped their price target on Southwestern Energy from $5.00 to $6.00 and gave the company an “underweight” rating in a report on Wednesday, October 18th. Six analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, fourteen have issued a hold rating and six have given a buy rating to the company’s stock. Southwestern Energy presently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $11.00.

The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 2.66, a quick ratio of 1.88 and a current ratio of 1.88. The company has a market capitalization of $2,813.22, a price-to-earnings ratio of 13.73 and a beta of 1.23.

Southwestern Energy (NYSE:SWN) last posted its earnings results on Thursday, October 26th. The energy company reported $0.06 earnings per share for the quarter, missing analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.07 by ($0.01). Southwestern Energy had a net margin of 16.31% and a return on equity of 23.99%. The firm had revenue of $737.00 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $773.99 million. During the same period in the prior year, the company posted $0.03 EPS. The firm’s revenue was up 13.2% compared to the same quarter last year. equities analysts forecast that Southwestern Energy will post 0.45 EPS for the current year.

A number of institutional investors and hedge funds have recently modified their holdings of the business. California Public Employees Retirement System increased its position in Southwestern Energy by 3.7% in the third quarter. California Public Employees Retirement System now owns 1,065,022 shares of the energy company’s stock worth $6,507,000 after buying an additional 37,522 shares in the last quarter. Cubist Systematic Strategies LLC increased its position in Southwestern Energy by 1,593.7% in the third quarter. Cubist Systematic Strategies LLC now owns 233,364 shares of the energy company’s stock worth $1,426,000 after buying an additional 219,586 shares in the last quarter. Cornerstone Capital Management Holdings LLC. increased its position in Southwestern Energy by 784.8% in the third quarter. Cornerstone Capital Management Holdings LLC. now owns 930,490 shares of the energy company’s stock worth $5,684,000 after buying an additional 825,332 shares in the last quarter. Castleton Investment Management LLC increased its position in Southwestern Energy by 107.9% in the third quarter. Castleton Investment Management LLC now owns 1,002,004 shares of the energy company’s stock worth $6,122,000 after buying an additional 520,000 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Allianz Asset Management GmbH increased its position in Southwestern Energy by 1.8% in the third quarter. Allianz Asset Management GmbH now owns 3,343,082 shares of the energy company’s stock worth $20,426,000 after buying an additional 60,377 shares in the last quarter. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 88.71% of the company’s stock.

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Southwestern Energy Company Profile

Southwestern Energy Company is an energy company engaged in natural gas and oil exploration, development and production. The Company operates through two segments: Exploration and Production (E&P) and Midstream Services. Its operations in northeast Pennsylvania are primarily focused on the unconventional natural gas reservoir known as the Marcellus Shale.

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