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 0.1%. By the end of trading, Southwestern Energy Company fell $0.50 (-1.2%) to $39.68 on light volume. Throughout the day, 1,576,295 shares of Southwestern Energy Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3,654,700 shares. The stock ranged in price between $39.57-$40.39 after having opened the day at $40.17 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $40.18. Other companies within the Energy industry that declined today were: Dejour Energy ( DEJ), down 7.8%, MagneGas Corporation ( MNGA), down 6.4%, Double Eagle Petroleum Company ( DBLE), down 6.2% and FX Energy ( FXEN), down 5.5%.

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 $14.1 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are up 20.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 5 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 buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, compelling growth in net income, good cash flow from operations, expanding profit margins and impressive record of earnings per share growth. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated.

On the positive front, HyperDynamics Corporation ( HDY), up 20.6%, Camac Energy ( CAK), up 9.9%, Andatee China Marine Fuel Services Corporat ( AMCF), up 9.4% and U.S. Energy ( USEG), up 7.1% , were all gainers within the energy industry with Exxon Mobil Corporation ( XOM) 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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