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

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Chesapeake Energy ( CHK) pushed the Energy industry higher today making it today's featured energy winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.4%. By the end of trading, Chesapeake Energy rose $0.43 (1.6%) to $26.81 on average volume. Throughout the day, 7,769,053 shares of Chesapeake Energy exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 9,374,000 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $26.41-$27.10 after having opened the day at $26.41 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $26.38. Other companies within the Energy industry that increased today were: HyperDynamics Corporation ( HDY), up 9.5%, Jones Energy Inc Class A ( JONE), up 6.2%, Antero Resources ( AR), up 4.7% and Blackhawk Network Holdings ( HAWK), up 4.5%.

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 $17.6 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 19.5, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 58.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate Chesapeake Energy a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 19 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Chesapeake Energy as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, solid stock price performance, compelling growth in net income, good cash flow from operations and impressive record of earnings per share growth. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated.

On the negative front, Syntroleum Corporation ( SYNM), down 13.5%, Global Geophysical Services ( GGS), down 9.6%, Triangle Petroleum ( TPLM), down 8.5% and Double Eagle Petroleum Company ( DBLE), down 6.9% , were all laggards within the energy industry with Anadarko Petroleum ( APC) 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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