Southwestern Energy Company (SWN): Today's Featured Basic Materials Winner

Southwestern Energy Company ( SWN) pushed the Basic Materials sector higher today making it today's featured basic materials winner. The sector as a whole closed the day down 1.2%. By the end of trading, Southwestern Energy Company rose 76 cents (2.6%) to $29.59 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 9.7 million shares of Southwestern Energy Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.1 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $28.21-$29.70 after having opened the day at $28.57 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $28.83. Other companies within the Basic Materials sector that increased today were: Tri-Valley Corporation ( TIV), up 25.6%, Kingold Jewelry ( KGJI), up 11.1%, EXCO Resources ( XCO), up 9.2%, and Innospec ( IOSP), up 7.4%.

Southwestern Energy Company, an independent energy company, engages in the exploration, development, and production of natural gas and crude oil in the United States. The company operates through two segments, Exploration and Production, and Midstream Services. Southwestern Energy Company has a market cap of $10.03 billion and is part of the energy industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 16.3, below the average energy industry P/E ratio of 16.5 and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 9.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate Southwestern Energy Company a buy, one analyst rates it a sell, and 13 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Southwestern Energy Company as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, revenue growth and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, disappointing return on equity and feeble growth in the company's earnings per share.

On the negative front, Jaguar Mining ( JAG), down 34.9%, Avalon Rare Metals ( AVL), down 24%, Callon Petroleum ( CPE), down 16.5%, and Scotts Miracle Gro ( SMG), down 16.1%, were all losers within the basic materials sector with Barrick Gold Corporation ( ABX) being today's basic materials sector loser.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the basic materials sector could consider Materials Select Sector SPDR ( XLB) while those bearish on the basic materials sector could consider ProShares Short Basic Materials Fd ( SBM).
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