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Earnings Preview: Southwestern Energy Company EPS, Revenue Expected to Rise from Previous Quarter

Southwestern Energy Company (NYSE: SWN) releases its next round of earnings this Thursday, July 28, 2011. Get prepared with Benzinga's ultimate preview for Southwestern Energy Company's second quarter earnings.

Earnings and Revenue:

Analysts are predicting an EPS reading of 43 cents per share and revenues of $709.2 million. Investors will be keen to see how this quarter's numbers stack up against the year-ago quarter's positive EPS of 35 cents per share on revenues of $419.2 million. We'll know on Thursday whether Southwestern Energy Company has managed the estimated 22.9% increase in EPS and 69.2% rise in revenues on a year-over-year basis.

Here's how the company's reported EPS has stacked up against analyst estimates in the past:

Quarter Q1 Q4 Q3 Q2
EPS Estimate $0.39 $0.42 $0.46 $0.36
EPS Actual $0.39 $0.43 $0.46 $0.35

Stock Performance:

As of July 22, 2011, Southwestern Energy Company's current share price was $49. Since January 1st, shares of Southwestern Energy Company have given investors a return of 30.9%. For a full 12 months, the return has risen by 44.3%. Given that these returns are generally positive, long-term shareholders are probably satisfied going into this earnings release.

  • Long-term shareholders are already enjoying 12-month gains prior to the announcement

Average Stock Rating:

The average rating by analysts for Southwestern Energy Company is a Hold. The strength of this rating has crept upwards over the past three months.

Competitors:

Wondering how some of the other energy companies are doing? Here are a few of Southwestern Energy Company's peers in that sector.

  • ConocoPhillips (NYSE: COP): Hold with a $1.82 recent quarter EPS
  • Chevron (NYSE: CVX): Moderate Buy with a $3.09 recent quarter EPS
  • Hess (NYSE: HES): Moderate Buy with a $1.82 recent quarter EPS
  • EQT (EQT): Moderate Buy with a $0.67 recent quarter EPS

Southwestern Energy Company is in the utility-gas distribution industry, which has experienced price/earnings growth of 2.3%.

Finally, a description of the company's main areas of operation: Southwestern Energy Co. is an independent energy company, which through its subsidiaries, explores, develops and produces natural gas and crude oil.

Take Action:

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