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NEW YORK (
) -- With the surprise announcement that
(CHK - Get Report)
founder and CEO Aubrey McClendon will be stepping down, should investors snap up shares on renewed hopes the company will be taken over? Jim Cramer told Lindsey Bell at
Wednesday that investors shouldn't jump the gun.
Cramer said McClendon's departure feels a bit like Vikram Pandit being forced out of
, although unlike Citi, McClendon will provide a transition period through April 1. McClendon will be back, said Cramer, who has spoken with McClendon personally.
Cramer also noted the irony between McClendon's big bet on higher natural gas prices two years ago, which didn't pan out, and
Kinder Morgan Energy Partners'
similar bet with their acquisition of
, announced Wednesday.
Investors looking to play natural gas should look at
(SWN - Get Report)
, a stock Cramer owns for his charitable trust,
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(EOG - Get Report)
, he said, as Chesapeake will need to continue to sell assets until gas prices improve.
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-- Written by Scott Rutt in Washington
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