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Chesapeake Energy



) pushed the Basic Materials sector higher today making it today's featured basic materials winner. The sector as a whole closed the day up 1.6%. By the end of trading, Chesapeake Energy rose 88 cents (5.2%) to $17.93 on light volume. Throughout the day, 22 million shares of Chesapeake Energy exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 36.4 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $17.14-$18.18 after having opened the day at $17.19 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $17.05. Other companies within the Basic Materials sector that increased today were:

Quaterra Resources



), up 18.5%,

Patriot Coal Corporation



), up 17.8%,

Quicksilver Resources



), up 16.3%, and

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Chesapeake Energy Corporation engages in the acquisition, exploration, development, and production of natural gas and oil properties in the United States. The company also offers marketing, midstream, drilling, and other oilfield services. Chesapeake Energy has a market cap of $11.28 billion and is part of the


industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 6.7, below the average energy industry P/E ratio of seven and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 23.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 11 analysts that rate Chesapeake Energy a buy, one analyst rates it a sell, and 15 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Chesapeake Energy as a


. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, compelling growth in net income and reasonable valuation levels. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including weak operating cash flow, poor profit margins and generally poor debt management.

On the negative front,




), down 22.5%,

Torch Energy Royalty



), down 9.1%,

Entree Gold



), down 8.3%, and

Kingold Jewelry



), down 7.9%, were all losers within the basic materials sector with

Celanese Corporation



) being today's basic materials sector loser.

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) while those bearish on the basic materials sector could consider

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