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

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 0.4%. By the end of trading, Southwestern Energy Company fell $0.62 (-1.7%) to $36.35 on average volume. Throughout the day, 4,520,725 shares of Southwestern Energy Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3,783,900 shares. The stock ranged in price between $36.25-$37.60 after having opened the day at $36.26 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $36.97. Other companies within the Energy industry that declined today were: Whiting USA Trust I ( WHX), down 7.3%, FX Energy ( FXEN), down 5.8%, HyperDynamics Corporation ( HDY), down 5.2% and Andatee China Marine Fuel Services Corporat ( AMCF), down 4.5%.

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 $12.8 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are up 10.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate Southwestern Energy Company a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 19 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 solid stock price performance. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including disappointing return on equity, weak operating cash flow and generally higher debt management risk.

On the positive front, KiOR ( KIOR), up 18.4%, Bellatrix Exploration ( BXE), up 12.1%, Vantage Drilling ( VTG), up 9.1% and SMF Energy Corporation ( FUEL), up 8.8% , were all gainers within the energy industry with Apache Corporation ( APA) 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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