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 0.4%. By the end of trading, Southwestern Energy Company fell $1.80 (-4.2%) to $41.34 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 12,487,566 shares of Southwestern Energy Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3,846,000 shares. The stock ranged in price between $40.30-$41.69 after having opened the day at $41.01 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $43.14. Other companies within the Energy industry that declined today were: Recon Technology ( RCON), down 11.7%, Tesco Corporation ( TESO), down 10.0%, Northern Oil & Gas ( NOG), down 9.3% and Pedevco ( PED), down 8.1%.

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 $15.0 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are up 9.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate Southwestern Energy Company a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 17 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 solid stock price performance. 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, Willbros Group ( WG), up 13.0%, Dril-Quip ( DRQ), up 12.2%, MagneGas Corporation ( MNGA), up 8.4% and Bonanza Creek Energy ( BCEI), up 7.7% , were all gainers within the energy industry with Occidental Petroleum Corporation ( OXY) 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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