Why Chesapeake Energy (CHK) Stock Is Down Today

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Chesapeake Energy (CHK) was falling 1.6% to $24.95 Friday after Oppenheimer (OPY) lowered its price target for the oil and gas company to $30 from $35.

The lower price target reflects a weaker natural gas price outlook, according to Oppneheimer analysts Fadel Gheit and Robert Du Boff.

"We expect CHK's stock performance to reflect management's ability to deliver on its strategic objectives of creating value through capital efficiency and superior operating performance, while strengthening and simplifying the balance sheet and growing production and cash flow," the analysts wrote.

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Oppenheimer reiterated its "outperform" rating for Chesapeake Energy.

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Separately, TheStreet Ratings team rates CHESAPEAKE ENERGY CORP as a Buy with a ratings score of B-. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

"We rate CHESAPEAKE ENERGY CORP (CHK) a BUY. This is driven by some important positives, which we believe should have a greater impact than any weaknesses, and should give investors a better performance opportunity than most stocks we cover. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, good cash flow from operations, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income."

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