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

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Southwestern Energy Company ( SWN) pushed the Energy industry lower today making it today's featured Energy laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.7%. By the end of trading, Southwestern Energy Company fell 40 cents (-1.1%) to $35.42 on average volume. Throughout the day, 5.5 million shares of Southwestern Energy Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.2 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $34.90-$35.60 after having opened the day at $35.45 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $35.82. Other companies within the Energy industry that declined today were: GeoGlobal Resources ( GGR), down 11%, Equal Energy ( EQU), down 6.5%, GeoPetro Resources Company ( GPR), down 5.9%, and Lone Pine Resources ( LPR), down 5.9%.
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Southwestern Energy Company, an independent energy company, engages in the exploration, development, and production of natural gas and oil primarily in the United States. The company operates through two segments, Exploration and Production, and Midstream Services. Southwestern Energy Company has a market cap of $12.61 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are up 12.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are nine analysts that rate Southwestern Energy Company a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 16 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Southwestern Energy Company as a hold. Among the primary strengths of the company is its expanding profit margins over time. At the same time, however, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and weak operating cash flow.

On the positive front, Andatee China Marine Fuel Services Corporat ( AMCF), up 17.2%, Gulfport Energy Corporation ( GPOR), up 16.1%, New Concept Energy ( GBR), up 13.4%, and HyperDynamics Corporation ( HDY), up 10.2%, were all gainers within the energy industry with Petroleo Brasileiro SA Petrobras ( PBR) being today's featured energy industry leader.

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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