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

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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 0.1%. By the end of trading, Southwestern Energy Company rose 42 cents (1.3%) to $32.51 on average volume. Throughout the day, 3.3 million shares of Southwestern Energy Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of four million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $32-$32.56 after having opened the day at $32.30 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $32.09. Other companies within the Basic Materials sector that increased today were: Pure Bioscience ( PURE), up 19.1%, Kingold Jewelry ( KGJI), up 18.5%, Platinum Group Metal ( PLG), up 14.5%, and Houston American Energy Corporation ( HUSA), up 14.4%.
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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 $11.24 billion and is part of the energy industry. Shares are down 4% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are nine analysts that rate Southwestern Energy Company a buy, one analyst rates it a sell, and 18 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 expanding profit margins and increase in stock price during the past year. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and weak operating cash flow.

On the negative front, Uranium Resources ( URRE), down 11.5%, Century Aluminum Company ( CENX), down 9.4%, Torch Energy Royalty ( TRU), down 8%, and GeoGlobal Resources ( GGR), down 7.7%, were all laggards within the basic materials sector with United States Steel Corporation ( X) being today's basic materials sector laggard.

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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