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

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Southwestern Energy Company ( SWN) pushed the Basic Materials sector lower today making it today's featured Basic Materials laggard. The sector as a whole closed the day up 0.4%. By the end of trading, Southwestern Energy Company fell $0.65 (-1.4%) to $45.44 on average volume. Throughout the day, 4,373,424 shares of Southwestern Energy Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4,205,500 shares. The stock ranged in price between $45.30-$46.69 after having opened the day at $46.33 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $46.09. Other companies within the Basic Materials sector that declined today were: MagneGas Corporation ( MNGA), down 28.4%, KiOR ( KIOR), down 11.8%, North American Palladium ( PAL), down 11.2% and Gold Standard Ventures ( GSV), down 10.1%.

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 $16.4 billion and is part of the energy industry. Shares are up 17.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. 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, increase in stock price during the past year, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and good cash flow from operations. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook.

On the positive front, Golden Star Resources ( GSS), up 11.5%, Vista Gold Corporation ( VGZ), up 9.6%, Houston American Energy Corporation ( HUSA), up 9.5% and Double Eagle Petroleum Company ( DBLE), up 8.8% , were all gainers within the basic materials sector with ConocoPhillips ( COP) being today's featured basic materials sector leader.

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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