Southwestern Energy Co. (NYSE:SWN) shares shot up 4.5% during trading on Friday . The stock traded as high as $14.81 and last traded at $14.73, with a volume of 10,331,569 shares. The stock had previously closed at $14.09.

Several brokerages recently commented on SWN. Zacks Investment Research cut Southwestern Energy from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Friday, August 12th. Citigroup Inc. raised their target price on Southwestern Energy from $8.00 to $14.00 and gave the stock a “neutral” rating in a research report on Monday, August 8th. Jefferies Group reaffirmed a “sell” rating on shares of Southwestern Energy in a research report on Monday, August 1st. 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, Scotiabank reaffirmed a “sector perform” rating and issued a $16.00 target price (up from $13.00) on shares of Southwestern Energy in a research report on Tuesday, July 26th. Five research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, twenty-two have given a hold rating, four have issued a buy rating and one has issued a strong buy rating to the company. The stock presently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $12.40.

The company’s 50 day moving average is $13.89 and its 200-day moving average is $11.41. The stock’s market cap is $5.57 billion.

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

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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