NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Chesapeake Energy (NYSE: CHK) hit a new 52-week low Friday as it is currently trading at $16.98, below its previous 52-week low of $17.03 with 9.4 million shares traded as of 10:10 a.m. ET. Average volume has been 18.1 million shares over the past 30 days.

Chesapeake Energy has a market cap of $12.01 billion and is part of the basic materials sector and energy industry. Shares are down 21.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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. The company has a P/E ratio of 7.8, equal to the average energy industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.

TheStreet Ratings rates Chesapeake Energy as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, attractive valuation levels and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including disappointing return on equity, a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself and feeble growth in the company's earnings per share. You can view the full Chesapeake Energy Ratings Report.

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