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Can Chesapeake Energy Meet Its Short-Term Debt Obligations?

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What Do Analysts Think of Chesapeake Energy after 4Q15 Earnings?

Analysts’ recommendations for Chesapeake Energy

Following Chesapeake Energy’s (CHK) 4Q15 earnings, Wall Street analysts updated their target prices for the company for the next 12 months.

What Do Analysts Think of Chesapeake Energy after 4Q15 Earnings?

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Consensus rating for Chesapeake Energy

Approximately 6% of analysts have rated CHK a “buy,” ~61% have rated it a “hold,” and ~33% have rated it a “sell.” The average broker target price of $4.11 for CHK implies a negative return of around 11% over the next 12 months.

Upstream peers WPX Energy (WPX), QEP Resources (QEP), and Gulfport Energy (GPOR) have average broker target prices of $7.43, $16.10, and ~$33, respectively. These figures imply returns of ~27%, 38%, and 28%, respectively, in the next 12 months.

The high, low, and median target prices from analysts for Chesapeake Energy are $10, $0.5, and $4, respectively.

Chesapeake Energy is a component of the Energy Select Sector SPDR Fund (XLE). XLE invests ~0.3% of its portfolio in the company.

Analysts’ target prices for CHK

Evercore and Scotia Howard Weil have given CHK two of the most optimistic target prices of $6 and $5, respectively, implying returns of around 30% and 9%, respectively, in the next 12 months.

Capital One Securities has given CHK a target price of $3.5, implying a fall of ~24% in the next 12 months. Both RBC Capital Markets and Credit Suisse (CS) have given CHK a lower target price of $3, implying a fall of ~35% in the next 12 months.

Jefferies and Barclays (BCS) have given Chesapeake Energy two of its lowest target prices of $2 and $1, respectively. These prices imply negative returns of ~57% and 78%, respectively, over the next year.

For a detailed overview of Chesapeake Energy, read Will Chesapeake Energy Succumb to an Energy-Driven Debt Crisis?

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