Southwestern Energy Co. (NYSE:SWN) dropped 4.2% during trading on Friday . The stock traded as low as $13.70 and last traded at $13.78, with a volume of 6,819,639 shares trading hands. The stock had previously closed at $14.38.

SWN has been the topic of several research analyst reports. KLR Group lowered 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. Zacks Investment Research upgraded 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. Vetr upgraded Southwestern Energy from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $13.92 target price on the stock in a research report on Monday, May 2nd. 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 target price for the company from $13.00 to $17.00 in a research report on Monday, July 25th. Five 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 assigned a strong buy rating to the stock. Southwestern Energy has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $12.40.

The firm’s 50 day moving average price is $13.69 and its 200-day moving average price is $11.23. The stock’s market cap 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 for the quarter, beating analysts’ consensus estimates of ($0.10) by $0.01. The company had revenue of $522 million for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $517.49 million. Analysts forecast that Southwestern Energy Co. will post $0.07 EPS for the current fiscal year.

A number of large investors recently made changes to their positions in the stock. State of Tennessee Treasury Department raised its stake 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 worth $77,542,000 after buying an additional 6,310,094 shares in the last quarter. Connor Clark & Lunn Investment Management Ltd. acquired a new stake in shares of Southwestern Energy during the fourth quarter worth about $2,609,000. Bank of Montreal Can increased its stake 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 worth $1,614,000 after buying an additional 166,920 shares during the last quarter. Andra AP fonden increased its stake 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 worth $1,469,000 after buying an additional 158,200 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Bridgewater Associates LP increased its stake in shares of Southwestern Energy by 41.5% in the fourth quarter. Bridgewater Associates LP now owns 250,088 shares of the energy company’s stock worth $1,778,000 after buying an additional 73,387 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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