Southwestern Energy (NYSE:SWN)’s share price reached a new 52-week low during mid-day trading on Wednesday . The stock traded as low as $3.19 and last traded at $3.20, with a volume of 332390 shares changing hands. The stock had previously closed at $3.34.

Several research firms recently issued reports on SWN. B. Riley reiterated a “buy” rating and issued a $6.50 price target (down previously from $7.30) on shares of Southwestern Energy in a report on Friday, May 17th. Wolfe Research cut Southwestern Energy from a “peer perform” rating to an “underperform” rating in a report on Thursday, April 18th. Finally, Oppenheimer started coverage on Southwestern Energy in a report on Thursday, June 6th. They issued a “market perform” rating on the stock. Five equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, nine have issued a hold rating and one has given a buy rating to the company’s stock. Southwestern Energy currently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $5.80.

The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.77, a current ratio of 0.94 and a quick ratio of 0.94. The company has a market cap of $1.81 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 3.15, a PEG ratio of 0.48 and a beta of 1.21.

Southwestern Energy (NYSE:SWN) last released its earnings results on Thursday, April 25th. The energy company reported $0.27 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $0.21 by $0.06. Southwestern Energy had a return on equity of 23.46% and a net margin of 23.47%. The firm had revenue of $990.00 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $563.69 million. During the same quarter in the prior year, the firm posted $0.28 earnings per share. The company’s quarterly revenue was up 7.6% on a year-over-year basis. As a group, equities research analysts anticipate that Southwestern Energy will post 0.77 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

A number of large investors have recently added to or reduced their stakes in SWN. FMR LLC lifted its stake in Southwestern Energy by 59.2% in the fourth quarter. FMR LLC now owns 78,005,226 shares of the energy company’s stock valued at $265,998,000 after buying an additional 28,992,566 shares during the period. AQR Capital Management LLC raised its position in shares of Southwestern Energy by 831.8% during the first quarter. AQR Capital Management LLC now owns 30,986,767 shares of the energy company’s stock worth $145,328,000 after purchasing an additional 27,661,427 shares during the period. Norges Bank acquired a new stake in shares of Southwestern Energy during the fourth quarter worth about $29,967,000. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP raised its position in shares of Southwestern Energy by 21.8% during the first quarter. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP now owns 36,663,501 shares of the energy company’s stock worth $171,953,000 after purchasing an additional 6,566,095 shares during the period. Finally, Nuveen Asset Management LLC acquired a new stake in shares of Southwestern Energy during the fourth quarter worth about $10,207,000. 94.63% of the stock is currently owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.

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About Southwestern Energy (NYSE:SWN)

Southwestern Energy Company, an independent energy company, engages in the exploration, development, and production of natural gas and oil in the United States. It operates through two segments, Exploration and Production, and Midstream. The company focuses on the development of unconventional natural gas reservoirs located in Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

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