Chesapeake Energy (CHK) Is Weak On High Volume Today

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Trade-Ideas LLC identified Chesapeake Energy ( CHK) as a weak on high relative volume candidate. In addition to specific proprietary factors, Trade-Ideas identified Chesapeake Energy as such a stock due to the following factors:

  • CHK has an average dollar-volume (as measured by average daily share volume multiplied by share price) of $397.2 million.
  • CHK has traded 1.4 million shares today.
  • CHK is trading at 2.23 times the normal volume for the stock at this time of day.
  • CHK is trading at a new low 3.01% below yesterday's close.

'Weak on High Relative Volume' stocks are worth watching because major volume moves tend to indicate underlying activity such as material stock news, analyst downgrades, insider selling, selling from 'superinvestors,' or that hedge funds and traders are piling out of a stock ahead of a catalyst. Regardless of the impetus behind the price and volume action, when a stock moves with strength and volume it can indicate the start of a new trend on which early investors can capitalize (or avoid losses by trimming weak positions). In the event of a well-timed trading opportunity, combining technical indicators with fundamental trends and a disciplined trading methodology should help you take the first steps towards investment success.

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More details on CHK:

Chesapeake Energy Corporation is engaged in the acquisition, exploration, and development of properties for the production of natural gas, oil, and natural gas liquids (NGL) from underground reservoirs in the United States. The stock currently has a dividend yield of 1.8%. CHK has a PE ratio of 24.5. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate Chesapeake Energy a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 11 rate it a hold.

The average volume for Chesapeake Energy has been 14.2 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Chesapeake Energy has a market cap of $13.2 billion and is part of the basic materials sector and energy industry. The stock has a beta of 1.44 and a short float of 7.3% with 2.13 days to cover. Shares are down 32.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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TheStreetRatings.com Analysis:

TheStreet Quant Ratings rates Chesapeake Energy as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income, reasonable valuation levels and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • The revenue growth came in higher than the industry average of 6.7%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 17.2%. This growth in revenue appears to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, improving the earnings per share.
  • CHESAPEAKE ENERGY CORP has improved earnings per share by 8.3% in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. The company has demonstrated a pattern of positive earnings per share growth over the past year. We feel that this trend should continue. During the past fiscal year, CHESAPEAKE ENERGY CORP turned its bottom line around by earning $0.68 versus -$1.62 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($1.64 versus $0.68).
  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has significantly exceeded that of the S&P 500 and the Oil, Gas & Consumable Fuels industry. The net income increased by 228.8% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from $201.00 million to $661.00 million.
  • The debt-to-equity ratio is somewhat low, currently at 0.71, and is less than that of the industry average, implying that there has been a relatively successful effort in the management of debt levels. Even though the company has a strong debt-to-equity ratio, the quick ratio of 0.46 is very weak and demonstrates a lack of ability to pay short-term obligations.

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