Southwestern Energy (NYSE:SWN) was the target of a large growth in short interest in December. As of December 29th, there was short interest totalling 53,375,044 shares, a growth of 4.2% from the December 15th total of 51,208,463 shares. Approximately 10.5% of the shares of the stock are sold short. Based on an average daily trading volume, of 18,559,644 shares, the days-to-cover ratio is presently 2.9 days.

Several equities analysts have weighed in on SWN shares. Morgan Stanley raised their price target on Southwestern Energy from $5.00 to $6.00 and gave the company an “underweight” rating in a report on Wednesday, October 18th. Barclays cut their price target on Southwestern Energy from $6.00 to $5.00 and set an “equal weight” rating for the company in a report on Wednesday, October 11th. KeyCorp restated a “hold” rating on shares of Southwestern Energy in a report on Friday, November 10th. Wolfe Research upgraded Southwestern Energy from an “underperform” rating to a “market perform” rating and raised their price target for the company from $6.00 to $7.00 in a report on Wednesday, September 20th. Finally, Piper Jaffray Companies restated a “hold” rating and set a $7.00 price target on shares of Southwestern Energy in a report on Tuesday, January 9th. Four investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, fifteen have given a hold rating and seven have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. Southwestern Energy has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $8.95.

Southwestern Energy (SWN) opened at $5.47 on Tuesday. The company has a market capitalization of $2,800.00, a P/E ratio of 8.82 and a beta of 1.23. The company has a quick ratio of 1.88, a current ratio of 1.88 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 2.66. Southwestern Energy has a 1-year low of $4.90 and a 1-year high of $10.13.

Southwestern Energy (NYSE:SWN) last announced its earnings results on Thursday, October 26th. The energy company reported $0.06 EPS for the quarter, missing the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.07 by ($0.01). The company had revenue of $737.00 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $773.99 million. Southwestern Energy had a return on equity of 23.99% and a net margin of 16.31%. Southwestern Energy’s revenue for the quarter was up 13.2% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter last year, the firm posted $0.03 EPS. research analysts forecast that Southwestern Energy will post 0.43 earnings per share for the current year.

Several hedge funds have recently modified their holdings of the stock. California Public Employees Retirement System lifted its stake in shares of Southwestern Energy by 3.7% during the 3rd quarter. California Public Employees Retirement System now owns 1,065,022 shares of the energy company’s stock worth $6,507,000 after acquiring an additional 37,522 shares during the last quarter. Cubist Systematic Strategies LLC lifted its stake in shares of Southwestern Energy by 1,593.7% during the 3rd quarter. Cubist Systematic Strategies LLC now owns 233,364 shares of the energy company’s stock worth $1,426,000 after acquiring an additional 219,586 shares during the last quarter. Cornerstone Capital Management Holdings LLC. lifted its stake in shares of Southwestern Energy by 784.8% during the 3rd quarter. Cornerstone Capital Management Holdings LLC. now owns 930,490 shares of the energy company’s stock worth $5,684,000 after acquiring an additional 825,332 shares during the last quarter. Castleton Investment Management LLC lifted its stake in shares of Southwestern Energy by 107.9% during the 3rd quarter. Castleton Investment Management LLC now owns 1,002,004 shares of the energy company’s stock worth $6,122,000 after acquiring an additional 520,000 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Allianz Asset Management GmbH lifted its stake in shares of Southwestern Energy by 1.8% during the 3rd quarter. Allianz Asset Management GmbH now owns 3,343,082 shares of the energy company’s stock worth $20,426,000 after acquiring an additional 60,377 shares during the last quarter. 88.55% of the stock is owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.

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About Southwestern Energy

Southwestern Energy Company is an 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 in northeast Pennsylvania are primarily focused on the unconventional natural gas reservoir known as the Marcellus Shale.

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