Chesapeake Energy Corp (CHK): Today's Featured Energy Winner

Chesapeake Energy ( CHK) pushed the Energy industry higher today making it today's featured energy winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 1.6%. By the end of trading, Chesapeake Energy rose $1.67 (9.4%) to $19.37 on average volume. Throughout the day, 41.6 million shares of Chesapeake Energy exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 29.5 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $18.72-$19.72 after having opened the day at $18.86 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $17.70. Other companies within the Energy industry that increased today were: GeoMet ( GMET), up 26.7%, Exterran Holdings ( EXH), up 17.4%, Goodrich Petroleum ( GDP), up 16.2%, and Recovery Energy ( RECV), up 13.1%.

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 $11.85 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 7.1, below the average energy industry P/E ratio of 7.4 and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 20.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. 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 hold. 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, Camac Energy ( CAK), down 10.7%, Voyager Oil & Gas ( VOG), down 6.3%, BMB Munai ( BMBM), down 4.9%, and HKN ( HKN), down 4.5%, were all laggards within the energy industry with InterOil Corporation ( IOC) being today's energy industry laggard.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the energy industry could consider Energy Select Sector SPDR ( XLE) while those bearish on the energy industry could consider Proshares Short Oil & Gas ( DDG).

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