Shares of Southwestern Energy Co. (NYSE:SWN) rose 4.9% during mid-day trading on Wednesday . The stock traded as high as $14.46 and last traded at $14.44, with a volume of 6,123,070 shares changing hands. The stock had previously closed at $13.77.

SWN has been the topic of several recent research reports. KLR Group downgraded Southwestern Energy from a “buy” rating to an “accumulate” rating and set a $13.00 price objective on the stock. in a research report on Monday, April 25th. Vetr upgraded Southwestern Energy from a “strong sell” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $11.22 price objective on the stock in a research report on Wednesday, April 13th. Zacks Investment Research upgraded Southwestern Energy from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $14.00 price objective on the stock in a research report on Tuesday, April 26th. Tudor Pickering upgraded Southwestern Energy from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Wednesday, June 29th. Finally, National Securities upgraded Southwestern Energy from a “neutral” rating to a “buy” rating and upped their price objective for the company from $13.00 to $17.00 in a research report on Monday, July 25th. Five research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, twenty-two have issued a hold rating, five have issued a buy rating and one has given a strong buy rating to the stock. The stock presently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $12.16.

The stock’s 50-day moving average is $13.48 and its 200 day moving average is $10.80. The stock’s market cap is $5.48 billion.

Southwestern Energy (NYSE:SWN) last released its quarterly earnings data on Friday, July 22nd. The energy company reported ($0.09) earnings per share for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of ($0.10) by $0.01. The company earned $522 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $517.49 million. On average, equities analysts predict that Southwestern Energy Co. will post $0.06 earnings per share for the current year.

Other hedge funds and institutional investors have made changes to their positions in the company. State of Tennessee Treasury Department increased its position in shares of Southwestern Energy by 137.3% in the fourth quarter. State of Tennessee Treasury Department now owns 10,906,067 shares of the energy company’s stock valued at $77,542,000 after buying an additional 6,310,094 shares during the last quarter. Zweig DiMenna Associates LLC increased its position in shares of Southwestern Energy by 50.6% in the fourth quarter. Zweig DiMenna Associates LLC now owns 319,250 shares of the energy company’s stock valued at $2,270,000 after buying an additional 107,250 shares during the last quarter. Andra AP fonden increased its position in shares of Southwestern Energy by 326.9% in the fourth quarter. Andra AP fonden now owns 206,600 shares of the energy company’s stock valued at $1,469,000 after buying an additional 158,200 shares during the last quarter. Schroder Investment Management Group increased its position in shares of Southwestern Energy by 31.0% in the fourth quarter. Schroder Investment Management Group now owns 2,004,593 shares of the energy company’s stock valued at $14,252,000 after buying an additional 474,815 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Bank of Montreal Can increased its position in shares of Southwestern Energy by 277.9% in the fourth quarter. Bank of Montreal Can now owns 226,993 shares of the energy company’s stock valued at $1,614,000 after buying an additional 166,920 shares during the last quarter.

Southwestern Energy Company is an independent energy company engaged in natural gas and oil exploration, development and production. The Company operates through two segments: Exploration and Production (E&P) and Midstream Services. Its operations are focused on the development of unconventional natural gas reservoirs located in Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Arkansas.

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