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You think

Atlas Energy


is selling at a big premium? You think


(CVX) - Get Report

paid a lot? What do people think the Marcellus assets of

National Fuel Gas

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will go out for? How about if

Chesapeake Energy

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starts breaking up its assets?

The natural-gas market is now in the undeniable phase after years of being denied. Whether it be for heating, for buses, for trucks, for hydrogen (great piece by

Dan Dicker

yesterday) the fuel is right, especially now that the Republicans have the House.

In eight days we will see new energy legislation that will make people realize that we are going to subsidize natural gas for trucks. That's great for

Clean Energy

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Westport Innovations

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(CMI) - Get Report

, which owns a big chunk.

But what it is really good for is the nat-gas companies that have assets for sale, particularly National Fuel Gas, which has announced Jefferies as a banker, and Chesapeake, which is always in trade mode -- incorrectly hated for that if you ask me.

When I had Ed Cohen, the CEO of Atlas, on "Mad Money" recently, he told you point-blank that he was willing to sell the company. It didn't even move the next day. It was nuts.

Well, now we know for sure it was nuts with that huge premium. National Fuel Gas, Chesapeake, they are the plays off this one.

For certain.

At the time of publication, Cramer was long CMI.

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