Southwestern Energy Co. (NYSE:SWN) shares traded up 4% during trading on Thursday . The company traded as high as $14.41 and last traded at $14.38, with a volume of 14,604,374 shares changing hands. The stock had previously closed at $13.83.

A number of research analysts recently commented on the stock. KLR Group downgraded shares of Southwestern Energy from an “accumulate” rating to a “hold” rating and set a $13.00 target price on the stock. in a research report on Tuesday, June 7th. Bank of America Corp. reaffirmed a “hold” rating and issued a $16.00 target price on shares of Southwestern Energy in a research report on Friday, June 10th. Vetr downgraded shares of Southwestern Energy from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating and set a $13.92 target price on the stock. in a research report on Monday, June 6th. BMO Capital Markets reaffirmed a “hold” rating and issued a $18.00 target price on shares of Southwestern Energy in a research report on Friday, July 29th. Finally, Jefferies Group reaffirmed a “sell” rating on shares of Southwestern Energy in a research report on Monday, August 1st. Five investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, twenty-three have assigned a hold rating, four have issued a buy rating and one has issued a strong buy rating to the stock. The company has an average rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $12.40.

The company’s market capitalization is $5.58 billion. The company’s 50 day moving average is $13.66 and its 200 day moving average is $11.19.

Southwestern Energy (NYSE:SWN) last posted its quarterly earnings results on Friday, July 22nd. The energy company reported ($0.09) earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of ($0.10) by $0.01. The company earned $522 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $517.49 million. On average, equities analysts forecast that Southwestern Energy Co. will post $0.07 EPS for the current fiscal year.

A number of hedge funds have added to or reduced their stakes in the stock. Andra AP fonden raised its stake in 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. Bank of Montreal Can raised its stake in 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. Bridgewater Associates LP raised its stake in Southwestern Energy by 41.5% in the fourth quarter. Bridgewater Associates LP now owns 250,088 shares of the energy company’s stock valued at $1,778,000 after buying an additional 73,387 shares during the last quarter. Connor Clark & Lunn Investment Management Ltd. acquired a new stake in Southwestern Energy during the fourth quarter valued at $2,609,000. Finally, State of Tennessee Treasury Department raised its stake in 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.

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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