Southwestern Energy Company (SWN): Today's Featured Energy Loser

Southwestern Energy Company ( SWN) pushed the Energy industry lower today making it today's featured Energy loser. The industry as a whole closed the day up 1.1%. By the end of trading, Southwestern Energy Company fell 52 cents (-1.6%) to $31.60 on average volume. Throughout the day, 5.1 million shares of Southwestern Energy Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.4 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $30.94-$32.43 after having opened the day at $32.20 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $32.12. Other company's within the Energy industry that declined today were: HyperDynamics Corporation ( HDY), down 10.2%, Whiting USA Trust I ( WHX), down 9.2%, Voyager Oil & Gas ( VOG), down 8.3%, and Miller Energy Resources ( MILL), down 7.1%.

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 $11.05 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 18, below the average energy industry P/E ratio of 18.2 and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 0.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 12 analysts that rate Southwestern Energy Company a buy, no analysts rate 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 good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, unimpressive growth in net income and generally poor debt management.

On the positive front, McMoRan Exploration ( MMR), up 12.4%, Andatee China Marine Fuel Services Corporat ( AMCF), up 12.3%, Forest Oil ( FST), up 10.5%, and Key Energy Services ( KEG), up 9.5%, were all gainers within the energy industry with Exxon Mobil Corporation ( XOM) being today's featured energy industry winner.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the energy industry could consider Energy Select Sector SPDR ( XLE) while those bearish on the energy industry could consider Proshares Short Oil & Gas ( DDG).

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