Rating Alert: Is Southwestern Energy Company (NYSE:SWN) a Buy? How Analyst Rate it? Why BMO Capital Upgraded The Stock

November 28, 2016 - By Linda Rogers

Rating Alert:  Is Southwestern Energy Company (NYSE:SWN) a Buy? How Analyst Rate it? Why BMO Capital Upgraded The Stock

Southwestern Energy Company (NYSE:SWN) Upgrade

Southwestern Energy Company (NYSE:SWN)‘s stock was upgraded to “Outperform” by stock analysts at BMO Capital. SWN’s “Market Perform” rating is no longer valid.

Southwestern Energy Company (NYSE:SWN) Ratings Coverage

Out of 21 analysts covering Southwestern Energy Company (NYSE:SWN), 7 rate it a “Buy”, 5 “Sell”, while 9 “Hold”. This means 33% are positive. $29 is the highest target while $3 is the lowest. The $12.48 average target is 4.96% above today’s ($11.89) stock price. Southwestern Energy Company has been the topic of 59 analyst reports since July 21, 2015 according to StockzIntelligence Inc. Wells Fargo initiated the shares of SWN in a report on Thursday, August 27 with “Market Perform” rating. The firm has “Buy” rating by Global Hunter Securities given on Tuesday, July 21. The firm has “Sell” rating by Seaport Global given on Wednesday, March 30. The firm earned “Underweight” rating on Friday, April 15 by JP Morgan. The rating was upgraded by JP Morgan to “Overweight” on Tuesday, December 15. The firm has “Overweight” rating given on Monday, October 26 by Barclays Capital. The firm has “Neutral” rating by JP Morgan given on Tuesday, February 2. As per Monday, January 11, the company rating was downgraded by Barclays Capital. SunTrust upgraded the stock to “Buy” rating in Thursday, September 10 report. JP Morgan initiated it with “Neutral” rating and $8 target price in Wednesday, December 9 report.

About 10.73M shares traded hands. Southwestern Energy Company (NYSE:SWN) has declined 5.21% since April 25, 2016 and is downtrending. It has underperformed by 11.22% the S&P500.

Analysts await Southwestern Energy Company (NYSE:SWN) to report earnings on February, 23. They expect $0.15 earnings per share, up 850.00% or $0.17 from last year’s $-0.02 per share. SWN’s profit will be $74.05 million for 19.82 P/E if the $0.15 EPS becomes a reality. After $0.03 actual earnings per share reported by Southwestern Energy Company for the previous quarter, Wall Street now forecasts 400.00% EPS growth.

Insitutional Activity: The institutional sentiment increased to 1.52 in Q2 2016. Its up 0.30, from 1.22 in 2016Q1. The ratio increased, as 56 funds sold all Southwestern Energy Company shares owned while 113 reduced positions. 91 funds bought stakes while 116 increased positions. They now own 467.85 million shares or 8.35% more from 431.79 million shares in 2016Q1.

Texas Permanent School Fund has 0.03% invested in the company for 153,552 shares. Capital World has 13.52M shares for 0.05% of their US portfolio. Jabre Prns Sa owns 150,000 shares or 0.57% of their US portfolio. Ny Life Com has invested 0.15% of its portfolio in Southwestern Energy Company (NYSE:SWN). Andra Ap has 99,500 shares for 0.03% of their US portfolio. Moreover, Rhumbline Advisers has 0.02% invested in Southwestern Energy Company (NYSE:SWN) for 654,396 shares. Sg Americas Limited Liability Com holds 0.01% or 58,472 shares in its portfolio. Exxonmobil Investment Tx holds 0.03% or 122,517 shares in its portfolio. Primecap Management Ca has invested 0.08% of its portfolio in Southwestern Energy Company (NYSE:SWN). Strategic Investment Mgmt Limited Liability Co accumulated 15,349 shares or 0.1% of the stock. State Of New Jersey Common Pension Fund D owns 170,000 shares or 0.01% of their US portfolio. Glenmede Tru Company Na has invested 0% of its portfolio in Southwestern Energy Company (NYSE:SWN). Victory Cap Management last reported 4,943 shares in the company. Engineers Gate Manager L P reported 148,705 shares or 0.13% of all its holdings. Lmr Ptnrs Limited Liability Partnership holds 597,149 shares or 1.16% of its portfolio.

Insider Transactions: Since September 20, 2016, the stock had 0 insider purchases, and 1 insider sale for $172,085 net activity. $172,085 worth of Southwestern Energy Company (NYSE:SWN) was sold by KERLEY GREGORY D on Tuesday, September 20.

Southwestern Energy Company is an independent energy firm engaged in natural gas and oil exploration, development and production. The company has a market cap of $5.87 billion. The Firm operates through two divisions: Exploration and Production and Midstream Services. It currently has negative earnings. The Company’s activities are focused on the development of unconventional natural gas reservoirs located in Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Arkansas.

According to Zacks Investment Research, “Southwestern Energy Company is an energy company primarily focused on natural gas. They are involved in the following business segments: Exploration and Production – Engaged in natural gas and oil exploration, development and production. This represents their primary business; Natural Gas Distribution – Engaged in the gathering, distribution and transmission of natural gas; Marketing and Transportation – Provides marketing and transportation services in their core areas of operation and owns a 25% interest in the NOARK Pipeline System, Limited Partnership.”

SWN Company Profile

Southwestern Energy Company, incorporated on February 24, 2006, is an independent energy firm engaged in natural gas and oil exploration, development and production. The Firm operates through two divisions: Exploration and Production (E&P) and Midstream Services. The Company’s activities are principally focused on the development of unconventional natural gas reservoirs located in Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Arkansas.

Another recent and important Southwestern Energy Company (NYSE:SWN) news was published by Businesswire.com which published an article titled: “Robbins Arroyo LLP: Southwestern Energy Company (SWN, SWNC) Misled …” on November 03, 2016.

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