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Trade-Ideas: Southwestern Energy Company (SWN) Is Today's Momo Momentum Stock

Editor's Note: Any reference to TheStreet Ratings and its underlying recommendation does not reflect the opinion of TheStreet, Inc. or any of its contributors including Jim Cramer or Stephanie Link.

Trade-Ideas LLC identified Southwestern Energy Company (SWN) as a momo momentum candidate. In addition to specific proprietary factors, Trade-Ideas identified Southwestern Energy Company as such a stock due to the following factors:

  • SWN has an average dollar-volume (as measured by average daily share volume multiplied by share price) of $202.0 million.
  • SWN is currently in the upper 30% of its 1-year range.
  • SWN is in the upper 25% of its 20-day range.
  • SWN is in the upper 35% of its 5-day range.
  • SWN is currently trading above yesterday's high.
  • SWN has experienced a gap between today's open and yesterday's close of 0.7%.

'Momo Momentum' stocks are valuable stocks to watch for a variety of reasons including historical back testing and price action. Market technicians refer to such stocks as being in a mark-up phase before a possible distribution period and price decline. Technical analysts and traders frequently find that the factors referenced above tend to create a temporary burst of strong wind in a stock's sail. Nevertheless, all successful traders must excel at maximizing gains while keeping losses to an absolute minimum. For that reason, the holding period on momo momentum stocks must always be a primary consideration, and this part of the puzzle is ultimately at the discretion of each individual's risk tolerance and portfolio risk management skills.

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More details on SWN:

Natural Gas Utility, (NYSE: SWN), energy company primarily focused on natural gas. Southwestern derives the vast majority of its operating income and cash flow from its oil and gas exploration and production business. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate Southwestern Energy Company a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 17 rate it a hold.

The average volume for Southwestern Energy Company has been 3.7 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Southwestern Energy has a market cap of $14.6 billion and is part of the basic materials sector and energy industry. The stock has a beta of 1.44 and a short float of 3% with 2.21 days to cover. Shares are up 5.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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TheStreetRatings.com Analysis:

TheStreet Quant Ratings rates Southwestern Energy Company as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, compelling growth in net income, good cash flow from operations, expanding profit margins and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated.

Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • The revenue growth came in higher than the industry average of 2.4%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 25.5%. Growth in the company's revenue appears to have helped boost the earnings per share.
  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has significantly exceeded that of the S&P 500 and the Oil, Gas & Consumable Fuels industry. The net income increased by 443.9% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from -$54.05 million to $185.87 million.
  • Net operating cash flow has increased to $499.97 million or 40.80% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, SOUTHWESTERN ENERGY CO has also vastly surpassed the industry average cash flow growth rate of -50.31%.
  • The gross profit margin for SOUTHWESTERN ENERGY CO is rather high; currently it is at 59.21%. Regardless of SWN's high profit margin, it has managed to decrease from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, SWN's net profit margin of 21.40% significantly outperformed against the industry.
  • Compared to where it was a year ago today, the stock is now trading at a higher level, reflecting both the market's overall trend during that period and the fact that the company's earnings growth has been robust. The stock's price rise over the last year has driven it to a level which is somewhat expensive compared to the rest of its industry. We feel, however, that other strengths this company displays justify these higher price levels.

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