Southwestern Energy (NYSE:SWN) had its price target increased by equities research analysts at Morgan Stanley from $4.50 to $5.00 in a report released on Thursday. The brokerage currently has an “underweight” rating on the energy company’s stock. Morgan Stanley’s price objective suggests a potential downside of 2.72% from the stock’s previous close.

SWN has been the subject of several other reports. Citigroup upped their price objective on Southwestern Energy from $5.00 to $6.00 and gave the stock a “neutral” rating in a research report on Monday, August 13th. ValuEngine cut Southwestern Energy from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Wednesday, May 2nd. BMO Capital Markets set a $7.00 price objective on Southwestern Energy and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research report on Sunday, August 12th. Jefferies Financial Group reaffirmed a “hold” rating and set a $4.50 price objective on shares of Southwestern Energy in a research report on Thursday, April 26th. Finally, B. Riley upped their price objective on Southwestern Energy from $7.85 to $10.00 and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research report on Friday, June 22nd. Eight investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, fourteen have given a hold rating and four have issued a buy rating to the company. The stock presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $5.91.

NYSE:SWN opened at $5.14 on Thursday. Southwestern Energy has a 1 year low of $3.42 and a 1 year high of $6.72. The company has a quick ratio of 0.66, a current ratio of 0.66 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.59. The stock has a market capitalization of $3.26 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 11.73 and a beta of 0.76.

Southwestern Energy (NYSE:SWN) last posted its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, August 2nd. The energy company reported $0.18 earnings per share for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $0.16 by $0.02. The company had revenue of $816.00 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $809.41 million. Southwestern Energy had a return on equity of 17.78% and a net margin of 18.37%. Southwestern Energy’s revenue for the quarter was up .6% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period in the prior year, the firm earned $0.08 earnings per share. equities research analysts anticipate that Southwestern Energy will post 0.85 earnings per share for the current year.

A number of institutional investors and hedge funds have recently added to or reduced their stakes in the stock. B. Riley Financial Inc. raised its holdings in Southwestern Energy by 14.6% during the second quarter. B. Riley Financial Inc. now owns 78,682 shares of the energy company’s stock worth $417,000 after acquiring an additional 10,053 shares in the last quarter. Mutual Advisors LLC raised its holdings in Southwestern Energy by 49.1% during the second quarter. Mutual Advisors LLC now owns 182,100 shares of the energy company’s stock worth $965,000 after acquiring an additional 60,000 shares in the last quarter. Jafra Capital Management LP bought a new stake in Southwestern Energy during the second quarter worth about $2,650,000. Millennium Management LLC raised its holdings in Southwestern Energy by 17.6% during the second quarter. Millennium Management LLC now owns 11,747,033 shares of the energy company’s stock worth $62,259,000 after acquiring an additional 1,756,507 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Stelliam Investment Management LP raised its holdings in Southwestern Energy by 15.6% during the second quarter. Stelliam Investment Management LP now owns 29,450,000 shares of the energy company’s stock worth $156,085,000 after acquiring an additional 3,972,500 shares in the last quarter. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 86.09% of the company’s stock.

Southwestern Energy Company Profile

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 Marcellus Shale, an unconventional natural gas reservoir covering approximately 191,226 net acres in Northeast Appalachia; Marcellus Shale, Utica, and Upper Devonian unconventional natural gas and oil reservoirs covering approximately 290,291 net acres in Southwest Appalachia; and the Fayetteville Shale, an unconventional natural gas reservoir covering approximately 917,842 net acres in Arkansas.

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