Chesapeake Energy (CHK) Stock Rises as Oil Prices Gain on Saudi Comments - TheStreet

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Chesapeake Energy Corp. (CHK) - Get Report  shares are advancing 3.94% to $5.28 on Monday along with climbing oil prices on hopes that Saudi Arabia will trim oil production in order to steady the market.

Saudi Arabia, the most influential member of OPEC and the world's largest export of petroleum, has been producing above its target of 30 million barrels a day for months, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Specifically, Ali bin Ibrahim Al-Naimi, the Saudi minister for petroleum and mineral resources, said, "Perhaps it would be fitting here to mention the role of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in the stability of the oil market, and its continued willingness and prompt, assiduous efforts to cooperate with all oil producing and exporting countries, both from within and outside OPEC, in order to maintain market and price stability."

Following this statement, oil futures reversed their earlier losses, CNBC.com noted. 

Crude oil (WTI) is rising 0.72% to $42.40 per barrel and Brent crude is hiking 1.77% to $45.45 per barrel, according to the CNBC.com index.

Separately, TheStreet Ratings team rates CHESAPEAKE ENERGY CORP as a Sell with a ratings score of D. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

We rate CHESAPEAKE ENERGY CORP (CHK) a SELL. This is driven by a number of negative factors, which we believe should have a greater impact than any strengths, and could make it more difficult for investors to achieve positive results compared to most of the stocks we cover. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its deteriorating net income, generally high debt management risk, disappointing return on equity, weak operating cash flow and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself.

Highlights from the analysis by TheStreet Ratings Team goes as follows:

  • The company, on the basis of change in net income from the same quarter one year ago, has significantly underperformed when compared to that of the S&P 500 and the Oil, Gas & Consumable Fuels industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 803.9% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $661.00 million to -$4,653.00 million.
  • The debt-to-equity ratio is very high at 2.71 and currently higher than the industry average, implying increased risk associated with the management of debt levels within the company. To add to this, CHK has a quick ratio of 0.67, this demonstrates the lack of ability of the company to cover short-term liquidity needs.
  • Return on equity has greatly decreased when compared to its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a signal of major weakness within the corporation. Compared to other companies in the Oil, Gas & Consumable Fuels industry and the overall market, CHESAPEAKE ENERGY CORP's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to $318.00 million or 72.63% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing the cash generation rate to the industry average, the firm's growth is significantly lower.
  • Despite any intermediate fluctuations, we have only bad news to report on this stock's performance over the last year: it has tumbled by 76.58%, worse than the S&P 500's performance. Consistent with the plunge in the stock price, the company's earnings per share are down 2823.07% compared to the year-earlier quarter. Naturally, the overall market trend is bound to be a significant factor. However, in one sense, the stock's sharp decline last year is a positive for future investors, making it cheaper (in proportion to its earnings over the past year) than most other stocks in its industry. But due to other concerns, we feel the stock is still not a good buy right now.
  • You can view the full analysis from the report here: CHK