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

Editor's Note: TheStreet ratings do not represent the views of TheStreet's staff or its contributors. Ratings are established by computer based on metrics for performance (which includes growth, stock performance, efficiency and valuation) and risk (volatility and solvency). Companies with poor cash flow or high debt levels tend to earn lower ratings in our model.

Southwestern Energy Company ( SWN) pushed the Energy industry higher today making it today's featured energy winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.2%. By the end of trading, Southwestern Energy Company rose 99 cents (2.9%) to $35.26 on average volume. Throughout the day, 5.6 million shares of Southwestern Energy Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.1 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $33.89-$35.33 after having opened the day at $34.17 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $34.27. Other companies within the Energy industry that increased today were: GMX Resources ( GMXR), up 28.6%, BPZ Resources ( BPZ), up 10.6%, Pengrowth Energy ( PGH), up 8.5%, and YPF Sociedad Anonima ( YPF), up 7.9%.
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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 $12.02 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are up 2.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 10 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 revenue growth, expanding profit margins and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and generally higher debt management risk.

On the negative front, PostRock Energy ( PSTR), down 13%, ZaZa Energy ( ZAZA), down 8.1%, Samson Oil & Gas ( SSN), down 7.4%, and EV Energy Partner ( EVEP), down 7.2%, were all laggards within the energy industry with National Oilwell Varco ( NOV) being today's energy industry laggard.

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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