Chesapeake Energy Corporation (CHK) Traders Should Start Listening to Analysts

Chesapeake Energy Corporation (CHK) shares saw a recent bid of $4.96 and 46.72M shares have exchanged hands in the recent trading session, yielding a -4.25% decline over the past week. The stock price decreased -2.75% or $0.14 versus $5.10 at the end of the prior session. This change led market cap to move at $4.63B, putting the price -39.51% below the 52-week high and 26.21% above the 52-week low. The company’s stock has a normal trading capacity of 40.17M shares while the relative volume is 1.16.

To stay one step ahead we extended our research by comparing different price targets. The stock notched a 12-month high of $6.91 while $10.00 target is by far the most aggressive out of analysts who are currently evaluating the company, $3.09 higher than the next highest 52-week price estimate. The lowest 12-month price target for the shares is $2.50, which would be decrease of about -50% of its current value. The mean target of $6.50 should be compared with the price when the stock was languishing around $3.93 a share. And it remains to be seen which target price CHK can achieve without sacrificing much as the company is holding a 16.71% gain for the past twelve months.

By historical standards, Chesapeake Energy Corporation remains a cheap stock. The company’s current price-earnings ratio amounts above the average P/E ratio of 20.71 times earnings. For now, Chesapeake Energy Corporation is the toast of Wall Street as its ABR stands at 2.90 with 3 out of 35 analysts rating the stock a buy. Over the short term, some market observers may have noticed that Chesapeake Energy Corporation has a 18.02% short float with 15 days to cover. It becomes significant when you consider how many shares are shorted versus the average daily volume, means how many days to cover those short shares at that volume. Chesapeake Energy Corporation has far performed well this year, with the share price down -29.34% since January. Over the past 2 quarters, the stock is down -29.14%, compared with a fall of nearly -6.77% for 3 months and about -10.47% for the past 30 days.

Last time, the company shocked Wall Street by reporting EPS of $0.23, smashing the consensus of $0.19 per share. Revenue for the quarter also killed consensus, coming in at $2.75B, compared to the consensus of 2.3B. Nonetheless, from here on out, earnings per share forecasts for the current quarter are $0.15. The company is expected to report EPS as high as $0.22 and as low as $0.08 per share. Similarly, full-year EPS forecasts have ranged between $0.48 and $1.24. The mean EPS estimate is $0.86. On the other side, sales forecasts for the current quarter are $2.32B. The stock is expected to report revenue as high as $2.47B and as low as $2.05B per share. Similarly, full-year sales forecasts have ranged between $9.21B and $10.69B. The mean revenue estimate is $10.02B.

Over the last 5 years, Chesapeake Energy Corporation has averaged a -36.80% YoY EPS growth rate and a -7.50% revenue growth rate. Analysts are expecting EPS growth rates to be at 71.30% this quarter and EPS estimate for next year reflect 32.24% growth rate.

Sell-side analysts also have something to say about this company. BofA/Merrill had a markedly different take on 11/05/2017, proposing that Chesapeake Energy Corporation is now considered Underperform versus prior Neutral rating. Stifel analysts stated on 23/03/2017 that they launched coverage on this stock with Buy rating. UBS raised its rating on Chesapeake Energy Corporation to Neutral on 24/02/2017 in a reversal from its prior Sell rating.

Chesapeake Energy Corporation (CHK) Traders Should Start Listening to Analysts was last modified: June 5th, 2017 by Edward Walker
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