NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Shares of Chesapeake Energy Corp. (CHK) were rallying, higher by 2.15% to $11.40 in early market trading Monday, after analysts at Sterne Agee CRT upgraded the company by two notches this morning.
The firm raised its rating to "buy" from "underperform" and increased its price target to $13 from $9 on shares of the energy company.
Sterne Agee CRT analysts like management's work to mitigate the near-term liquidity drain.
Oklahoma City-based Chesapeake produces natural gas and liquids.
Its exploration and production segment is responsible for finding and producing natural gas, oil and natural gas liquids.
The company owns interests in approximately 47,400 natural gas and oil wells with positions in the resource plays including the Eagle Ford Shale, and the Utica Shale.
Separately, TheStreet Ratings team rates CHESAPEAKE ENERGY CORP as a Sell with a ratings score of D. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:
"We rate CHESAPEAKE ENERGY CORP (CHK) a SELL. This is driven by a number of negative factors, which we believe should have a greater impact than any strengths, and could make it more difficult for investors to achieve positive results compared to most of the stocks we cover. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity, weak operating cash flow, generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself and feeble growth in its earnings per share."
Highlights from the analysis by TheStreet Ratings Team goes as follows: