Southwestern Energy Co. (NYSE:SWN) was up 4% 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 equities research analysts have recently weighed in on SWN shares. Vetr upgraded shares of Southwestern Energy from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $12.97 price objective on the stock in a report on Monday, April 25th. Cowen and Company downgraded shares of Southwestern Energy from an “outperform” rating to a “market perform” rating and increased their target price for the company from $9.07 to $12.27 in a research report on Monday, April 25th. KLR Group downgraded shares of Southwestern Energy from a “buy” rating to an “accumulate” rating and set a $13.00 target price on the stock. in a research report on Monday, April 25th. National Securities initiated coverage on shares of Southwestern Energy in a research report on Tuesday, April 26th. They issued a “neutral” rating and a $13.00 target price on the stock. Finally, Zacks Investment Research raised shares of Southwestern Energy from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $14.00 target price on the stock in a research report on Tuesday, April 26th. Five equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, twenty-three have assigned a hold rating, four have given a buy rating and one has given a strong buy rating to the stock. The company has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $12.40.

The stock’s 50 day moving average price is $13.69 and its 200-day moving average price is $11.23. The company’s market capitalization is $5.32 billion.

Southwestern Energy (NYSE:SWN) last announced its earnings results on Friday, July 22nd. The energy company reported ($0.09) earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the Zacks’ 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. Analysts anticipate that Southwestern Energy Co. will post $0.07 EPS for the current year.

Several institutional investors have bought and sold shares of the stock. Connor Clark & Lunn Investment Management Ltd. acquired a new position in Southwestern Energy during the fourth quarter valued at $2,609,000. Bridgewater Associates LP raised its position 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 period. State of Tennessee Treasury Department raised its position 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 period. Andra AP fonden raised its position 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 period. Finally, Bank of Montreal Can raised its position 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 period.

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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