|Bid||0.00 x 1000|
|Ask||0.00 x 1000|
|Day's Range||2.8700 - 3.0000|
|52 Week Range||1.7100 - 5.6000|
|Beta (3Y Monthly)||3.02|
|PE Ratio (TTM)||N/A|
|Earnings Date||Feb 27, 2019|
|Forward Dividend & Yield||N/A (N/A)|
|1y Target Est||3.13|
The immediate fears surrounding Chesapeake Energy (NYSE:CHK) appear to have passed. A falling stock market and plunging oil prices late last year led to a selling spree in CHK stock. However, as oil prices have moved back above the $50 per barrel mark, interest in CHK returned. Still, for all of these improvements, Chesapeake Energy stock remains a struggling penny stock. As such, a sustained drop in oil prices could compromise the profits on which CHK has slowly built a recovery. Still, assuming it can stay the course and continue to reduce its debt, CHK stock appears positioned for an eventual move higher. ### CHK Stock Is Back. . . To Its Slow Recovery CHK stock has enjoyed a dramatic recovery since Christmas Eve. From its 52-week low of $1.71, it has surged to around $2.90 per share range in under a month. InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading Tips A few factors have worked in favor of CHK stock in that time. For one, the overall market recovered. The S&P 500 has increased by over 11% since the December 24th low. Oil prices, which saw a surprisingly dramatic plunge in the last months of 2018, have begun to recover. As a result, West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude again trades at over $50 per barrel. ### Both Risk and Reward Lies in the Balance Sheet While concerns of an impending bankruptcy have abated, this takes us back to the scenario described in my previous article on CHK stock. * 7 Companies Apple Should Consider Buying Chesapeake remains a $2.55 billion company with negligible cash reserves. It also still holds almost $9.4 billion in long-term debt. This may explain why CHK remains a penny stock despite a 4.5 forward P/E ratio. Given these circumstances, CHK stock remains a poor choice for risk-averse investors. However, for those who can tolerate more risk and want a speculative play, I see a high degree of potential for Chesapeake. For one, despite the high costs of servicing its debt, analysts forecast profits every year through at least fiscal 2020. As it realizes those profits, Chesapeake can pay down more of its debt. Reduced debt should lead to a higher CHK stock price over time. This virtuous cycle of falling debt and higher equity would return Chesapeake to financial stability in time. ### Strategic Moves Should Pay Off, Eventually I think the strategic moves that might have concerned investors will ultimately build confidence in CHK. CEO Doug Lawler announced that the company would reduce active rig counts from 18 to 14 for 2019. Some might wonder how reducing the number of rigs improves the business. My colleague James Brumley believes it helps. He described this move as prioritizing "quality over quantity," and I agree. With oil prices down by almost one-third from their October highs, I think this makes sense. The production level of 462,000 to 464,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day fell from last year's numbers. However, it comes in ahead of the 448,000 per day analysts had expected. Also, the costs of the proposed $4 billion acquisition of Wildhorse Resources (NYSE:WRD) probably made some investors nervous as well. However, it increases the company's stake in oil, which for now produces much higher margins than natural gas. Speaking of natural gas, its margins should also improve over time. CHK remains one of the largest natural gas producers in the country. As such, it can benefit from the burgeoning export industry in liquefied natural gas (LNG). A third terminal began LNG production in Corpus Christi, Texas late last year. Several other terminals are in the planning stages, and analysts estimate that the U.S.'s export capacity will more than double this year. Both Cheniere Energy (NYSEAMERICAN:LNG) and Dominion Energy (NYSE:D) operate terminals. In the coming months, industry analysts expect Kinder Morgan (NYSE:KMI) and Freeport LNG to finish construction on their terminals. ### The Bottom Line on CHK Stock For all of the price fluctuations and possible strategies that can affect CHK stock, maintaining a virtuous cycle of falling debt and rising stock prices remains critical to inspiring confidence. The immediate fears caused by the drop in oil prices appear to have passed. Oil again trades over $50 per barrel. Also, production should become more focused once the Wildhorse Deal closes in February. Moreover, prospects for natural gas should only improve as more LNG export terminals come online. * 7 Retail Stocks to Buy for the Rise of Menswear Still, for all of the optimism, debt levels remain well above the market cap. But profit forecasts for CHK stock offer a plausible path back to financial stability. If debt continues falling, those investors who bear the high risks of CHK should enjoy massive gains as Chesapeake stabilizes. However, no matter how much oil and natural gas prices influence moves in the stock, it is debt and equity that will ultimately define CHK stock. As of this writing, Will Healy is long CHK stock. You can follow Will on Twitter at @HealyWriting. ### More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 7 Companies Apple Should Consider Buying * 7 Beaten-Up Housing Stocks Due for a Bounce Back * Take Buffett's Advice: 5 Vanguard Funds to Buy Compare Brokers The post Balance Sheet Numbers Are Key for Chesapeake Energy Stock appeared first on InvestorPlace.
OKLAHOMA CITY , Jan. 18, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Chesapeake Energy Corporation (NYSE:CHK) today announced that its Board of Directors has declared dividends on its outstanding convertible preferred stock ...
Chesapeake Energy (CHK) closed the most recent trading day at $2.89, moving +1.4% from the previous trading session.
Measuring Oil's Impact on Upstream Energy Stocks(Continued from Prior Part)Natural gas–weighted stocks’ returnsOn January 9–16, our list of natural gas–weighted stocks rose 3.9%, while natural gas February futures rose 13.4%. On average,
Measuring Oil's Impact on Upstream Energy Stocks(Continued from Prior Part)Natural gas–weighted stocks The natural gas–weighted stocks under review that might be inversely related to US crude oil February futures’ movements based on their
Is the Sharp Rise in Natural Gas Sustainable?(Continued from Prior Part)Futures spreadOn January 15, the natural gas futures for February 2019 closed at a premium of ~$0.4 to the February 2020 futures. On January 8, the futures spread was at a
Is the Sharp Rise in Natural Gas Sustainable?(Continued from Prior Part)Inventories spread and natural gas pricesIn the week ending January 4, the inventories spread was -15.1%. The inventories spread is the difference between natural gas
Is the Sharp Rise in Natural Gas Sustainable?(Continued from Prior Part)Natural gas rig count The natural gas rig count was at 202 last week, which was four more than the previous week. The rig count was at the highest level since September 2015.
Chesapeake Energy (NYSE:CHK) announced last week that it was dialing back its active rig count, from 18 to what should be an average of 14 for 2019. The scaled-back capacity is largely in response to falling gas and oil prices, which have badly hurt CHK stock. With no certainty as to when prices might rebound, most energy companies are rightfully becoming pickier about which assets to continue operating. On the surface, the decision by CHK to cut its rig count is a step in the wrong direction; fewer rigs means less production, only exacerbating the revenue headwind caused by weaker commodities prices. InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading Tips * 8 Dividend Stocks With Growth on the Horizon However, there's a reason why CHK stock jumped on the news. Ultimately, Chesapeake Energy stock is moving closer to a recovery from a big pullback that it suffered late last year. CHK stock is in that position because years of its streamlining work are starting to bear fruit in a big way. ### Reconfiguring The 2014 implosion of oil prices -- and to a lesser degree, natural gas prices -- indiscriminately hammered the energy sector. From giants like Exxon Mobil (NYSE:XOM) to the smallest, nimblest names like Helmerich & Payne (NYSE:HP), all were sent scurrying by a meltdown none of them saw coming. There was nowhere and no way to hide. CHK was no exception. At least in one regard, however, the beating oil prices and energy stocks took set the stage for a long-overdue, positive outcome. That is, nearly all of the companies in the sector took steps to become more operationally efficient and to use their capital more effectively. Not all of these companies regrouped as well as others, however. Broadly speaking, CHK improved itself more than most of its competitors. Much of its restructuring centered around the sale of natural gas properties in Ohio's Utica basin. The $2 billion in proceeds from that transaction were used to pay down what was then well over $9 billion in debt. In early 2018, CHK sold properties in Oklahoma for a more modest $500 million. In early 2016, it shed $700 million worth of assets. The company's shrinking pile of debt has undoubtedly given CHK the breathing room it needs to address new opportunities. ### Quality Over Quantity But CHK CEO Doug Lawler isn't merely shrinking his way to better viability. Instead, Lawler is looking to aggregate a network of properties that he knows the company can operate cost-effectively. Sometimes that means selling, but sometimes it means buying. That efficiency is measurably taking shape. The company's preliminary fourth-quarter results and 2019 outlook, which were posted last week, included this statement: "We expect our capital efficiency to improve in 2019 as total net capital per rig line is projected to decrease by 15 to 20 percent compared to 2018." The location of the company's assets has a great deal to do with that progress. CHK is increasingly focused on its Eagle Ford assets, which delivers the highest profit margins among the company's properties. The pricing of crude around the nearby Gulf Coast is above the industry average, and the company doesn't intend to lower its rig count in that area. Indeed, the upcoming acquisition of WildHorse Resources (NYSE:WRD) will add to its fruitful Eagle Ford exposure. CHK plans to devote four rigs to the assets it's getting from WildHorse. ### The Outlook of CHK Stock At the end of the preliminary Q4 report, Lawler stated,"The improvement in our capital efficiency, along with our focus on our high-margin oil investments, should result in higher operating cash flow and stronger margins in 2019 compared to 2018." To that end, approximately 16 million barrels of its 2019 oil production is hedged at $58.61, versus the current market price of less than $52 per barrel. Granted, most energy outfits are becoming more cost-effective through streamlining, reorganizing and hedging, and CHK is still not where it ultimately aims to be, from an operational standpoint. Asset sales never quite generate as much money as forecast, and acquisitions like WildHorse Resources are never quite as cheap as hoped. But nevertheless, Chesapeake Energy stock is coming out of its fourth-quarter funk, as investors increasingly understand the overhaul that Lawler is putting in place is a slow, painstaking process that's worth the wait. That said, CHK stock is still well-positioned to deliver quick, outsized gains if oil and gas prices end up ripping higher from here. That's a distinct possibility, too, with OPEC rumored to be mulling a production cut to buoy recently-depressed prices. As of this writing, James Brumley did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities. You can follow him on Twitter, at @jbrumley. ### More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 10 Companies That Could Post Decelerating Profits * 10 A-Rated Stocks the Smart Money Is Piling Into * Mizuho: 7 Long-Term Value Stocks to Buy Now Compare Brokers The post Chesapeake Energy Stock Remains a "Best-of-Breed" Pick appeared first on InvestorPlace.
# Chesapeake Energy Corp ### NYSE:CHK View full report here! ## Summary * Perception of the company's creditworthiness is neutral but improving * Bearish sentiment is high * Economic output in this company's sector is contracting ## Bearish sentiment Short interest | Negative Short interest is extremely high for CHK with more than 20% of shares on loan. This means that investors who seek to profit from falling equity prices are currently targeting CHK. ## Money flow ETF/Index ownership | Neutral ETF activity is neutral. The net inflows of $12.07 billion over the last one-month into ETFs that hold CHK are not among the highest of the last year and have been slowing. ## Economic sentiment PMI by IHS Markit There is no PMI sector data available for this security. ## Credit worthiness Credit default swap | Neutral The current level displays a neutral indicator with a strengthening bias over the past 1-month. CHK credit default swap spreads are decreasing, indicating some improvement in the market's perception of the company's credit worthiness. Additionally, they are within the middle of the range set over the last three years. Please send all inquiries related to the report to firstname.lastname@example.org. Charts and report PDFs will only be available for 30 days after publishing. This document has been produced for information purposes only and is not to be relied upon or as construed as investment advice. To the fullest extent permitted by law, IHS Markit disclaims any responsibility or liability, whether in contract, tort (including, without limitation, negligence), equity or otherwise, for any loss or damage arising from any reliance on or the use of this material in any way. Please view the full legal disclaimer and methodology information on pages 2-3 of the full report.
Since Chesapeake Energy Corporation (NYSE:CHK) released its earnings in September 2018, it seems that analyst forecasts are fairly optimistic, as a 24% increase in profits is expected in the upcoming Read More...
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Upstream Review for the Week Ending January 11 (Continued from Prior Part) ## Upstream stocks On January 4–11, QEP Resources (QEP) gained the most on our list of upstream energy stocks from the SPDR S&P Oil & Gas Exploration & Production ETF (XOP). XOP rose 6.2%—the second-largest rise among the major energy ETFs that we discussed in the previous part of this series. On January 7, QEP Resources announced that it has received “a preliminary proposal from Elliott Management Corp. (“Elliott”) to acquire the Company for $8.75 per share in cash, subject to certain conditions including, among others, satisfactory completion of due diligence and negotiation of definitive documentation.” On the same day, QEP Resources rose 40.3%. ## Other outperformers Chesapeake Energy (CHK), SM Energy (SM), Matador Resources (MTDR), and Hess (HES) were the second, third, fourth, and fifth-largest outperformers, respectively, on our list of upstream energy stocks last week. On January 9, Chesapeake Energy reported its fourth-quarter preliminary results and operational details. On the same day, Chesapeake Energy rose ~12.7%. Chesapeake Energy has hedged ~16 MMbbls (million barrels) of 2019 oil production at $58.61 per barrel, which is higher than WTI’s forecast for 2019. Chesapeake Energy hedged 7 MMbbls of its 2019 forecasted production in the Eagle Ford at $6 more than WTI prices. LLS (Louisiana Light Sweet) crude oil versus WTI at Cushing, or the LLS-WTC spread, fell to $4.5 per barrel on December 27—the lowest level since August 24. LLS is the benchmark for most light sweet crude produced in the Eagle Ford region in Texas. On January 4, Hess announced that it will report its fourth-quarter earnings on January 30. Analysts’ consensus estimate suggests that Hess might report negative earnings of 21 cents per share. Last week, US crude oil January futures closed at $51.59 per barrel, while natural gas January futures closed at $3.09 per MMBtu. Next, we’ll discuss the biggest declines in the upstream energy space. Continue to Next Part Browse this series on Market Realist: * Part 1 - Upstream Sector Rose Last Week * Part 3 - Which Upstream Stocks Underperformed Last Week?
Energy's Performance Last Week—and What's on the Agenda This Week (Continued from Prior Part) ## Natural gas ETFs Between January 4 and January 11, the United States Natural Gas ETF (UNG) rose 4%, while the ProShares Ultra Bloomberg Natural Gas ETF (BOIL) rose 5.9%. These ETFs track natural gas futures. UNG holds active natural gas futures contracts, while BOIL tracks daily changes in the Bloomberg Natural Gas Subindex. UNG has outperformed natural gas February futures, which have risen 1.8% in the past five trading sessions. Gains in natural gas prices can be positive for natural gas–weighted stocks. Range Resources (RRC), Southwestern Energy (SWN), Gulfport Energy (GPOR), and Chesapeake Energy (CHK), the strongest natural gas–weighted stocks, rose 7.6%, 11.5%, 11.6%, and 20.9%, respectively, last week. ## Long-term returns and the forward curve Between March 3, 2016, and January 11, 2019, natural gas active futures rose 89.1% from their 17-year low, while UNG and BOIL returned 12.7% and -38%, respectively. Since March 3, 2016, UNG and BOIL have delivered lower returns than natural gas active futures, possibly due to a negative roll yield. BOIL’s actual and expected returns could also be different due to daily price changes. As of January 11, natural gas futures for delivery between February and May 2019 closed in descending order, which could be a positive sign for these ETFs’ returns. Continue to Next Part Browse this series on Market Realist: * Part 1 - The China Factor Could Drag on Oil This Week * Part 2 - Oil’s Rise Wasn’t the Only Driver of Energy’s Score Last Week * Part 3 - These Upstream and Oilfield Stocks Outperformed Energy Last Week
Between January 4 and January 11, upstream stock QEP Resources (QEP) gained the most among our selected energy stocks, which include the following ETFs: the Alerian MLP ETF (AMLP) the Energy Select Sector SPDR ETF (XLE) the VanEck Vectors Oil Services ETF (OIH) the VanEck Vectors Oil Refiners ETF (CRAK) the SPDR S&P Oil & Gas Exploration & Production ETF (XOP)
Will Natural Gas's Spike Sustain? ## Natural gas From January 4 to January 11, natural gas January futures rose 1.8% and settled at $3.099 per MMBtu (million British thermal units) on January 11. Inventories are 15.1% below their five-year average, which may be limiting the upside in natural gas prices. In 2019 so far, natural gas prices have risen 3.7%. ## Weather forecast and natural gas’s spike At 8:16 AM CST, natural gas spiked 8.3% from its last closing level. Recent weather forecasts indicate severe cold weather beginning on January 19 and continuing until the end of the month, which could help natural gas keep its bullish momentum—at least in the short term. This week, natural gas’s 20-day and 100-day moving averages of $3.41 and $3.43, respectively, could signal an important resistance zone for natural gas prices. In fact, today as of 8:16 AM CST, natural gas prices had failed to sustain levels above these moving averages. Refinitiv analysts increased the total degree days to 494 on January 11 from 477 on January 10 in the lower 48 US states for the next two weeks. The total degree days are higher than the 30-year average of 462 for these weeks. ## Energy stocks The rise in natural gas prices could be positive for natural gas–weighted stocks. Range Resources (RRC), Southwestern Energy (SWN), Gulfport Energy (GPOR), and Chesapeake Energy (CHK), the strongest natural gas–weighted stocks, rose 7.6%, 11.5%, 11.6%, and 20.9%, respectively, from January 4 to January 11.
Chesapeake Energy (CHK) closed at $2.73 in the latest trading session, marking a -1.09% move from the prior day.
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Wall Street rallied for the fourth successive day owing to positive developments on the trade front and Fed Chair???s indication of maintaining caution on further interest rate hikes.
Stocks logged their fourth winning day in the row, but also for the fourth day in a row, the progress was weaker than the prior day's gain. Wednesday's close of 2584.96 was only 0.41% better than Tuesday's last trade, and the buying volume continued to fade. Chesapeake Energy (NYSE:CHK) did much of the heavy lifting, gaining 12.9% in response to fourth-quarter production that was much greater than anticipated. Bed Bath & Beyond (NASDAQ:BBBY) made a nice showing as well, up 4.1% during the day's regular session and then rallying more than 20% in after-hours action in response to a blowout fourth quarter. Neither are worth stepping into at this point though, particularly with the broad market's advance starting to slow. Rather, stock charts of PayPal Holdings (NASDAQ:PYPL), Micron Technology (NASDAQ:MU) and Nike (NYSE:NKE) are at key pivot points that could end up rewarding newcomers. InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading Tips ### Micron Technology (MU) The latter part of 2018 was miserable for Micron Technology shareholders. The stock was cut in half in the shadow of a computer memory glut. Things started to change in late-December though. With some help from the market's rising tide, MU shares started to inch higher. With just a quick glance it looks like this could be the long-awaited recovery. * 10 Stocks You Can Set and Forget (Even In This Market) The rally was halted at a suspicious level, however, and the stock may not be ready to really rebound just yet. Click to Enlarge • The line in the sand to watch from here going forward is the 50-day moving average line, plotted in purple. The same line was a resistance level every time it was tested since August. • The good news for the would-be buyers is, this test of the 50-day moving average line is different than prior ones have been. Namely, there's been a couple of high volume gains this week. The buyers are out there, waiting. ### PayPal Holdings (PYPL) As of the end of last year, PayPal Holdings was trapped in a converging trading range. Though the shape of the chart set the stage for a strong move, it hadn't developed yet. That's changed this week, though not ideally. Nevertheless, though the stock will have to pull back first before moving higher again, the bulls have tipped their hand. Click to Enlarge • The shrinking trading range is plotted with yellow dashed lines on both stock charts. After a consolidation phase, PYPL popped out of that range on Tuesday and then followed through on Wednesday. • Though a strong move, it may have been a little too strong. While there's no gap between Monday's high and Tuesday's low, the stock did leave a gap on Tuesday's open. Shares closed higher again yesterday, but traders weren't boldly stepping in. • Notice how all the key moving averages converged between October and this month. History shows that more often than not, we'll now start to see those lines diverge again, driven by a move that has been pent-up since the middle of last year. ### Nike (NKE) Finally, though it's neither bullish nor bearish yet, it's suspicious that Nike was unable to move higher on Wednesday even though the overall market ended up for the day. Even more suspicious is that for a second day in a row, the buyers were either unwilling or unable to get NKE shares over a key technical hump. If the bears are going to pull the rug out from underneath shares, this is how and where they would do it. Click to Enlarge • The technical hurdle is the 100-day moving average line, plotted in gray on both stock charts. The buying stopped there this week, as it did a couple of times last year. • The shape of yesterday's and Tuesday's bar is also telling. Both are dojis, meaning the open and close are near one another, and in the middle of the day's low-to-high range. These bars are often seen at pivot points, which in this case would be a pivot out of a bullish swing. • Though a concern, the stall doesn't necessarily preclude more bullishness. Indeed, it might actually set up a strong thrust by giving the bulls a brief brother. But, until the 100-day line is actually hurdled and/or the MACD lines on the weekly chart turn bullish, the risk of another pullback remains too much of a distinct possibility. As of this writing, James Brumley did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities. You can follow him on Twitter, at @jbrumley. ### More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 10 Stocks You Can Set and Forget (Even In This Market) * 10 Virtual Assistants for the Future of Smart Homes * 7 5G Stocks to Buy as the Race for Spectrum Tightens Compare Brokers The post 3 Big Stock Charts for Thursday: PayPal, Nike and Micron Technology appeared first on InvestorPlace.
jumped more than 12% on Wednesday after the oil and gas company said its fourth-quarter production numbers would come in above analysts' expectations. The Oklahoma City-based company said in a statement that it sees production for the most recent quarter of 462,000 to 464,000 barrels of oil equivalent (BOE) per day, compared with the FactSet consensus of 448,000 BOE per day. Oil production is estimated to range from 86,000 to 87,000 barrels of oil per day, above the FactSet consensus of 85,200.