Short Interest Trends in Chesapeake Energy Stock
On September 22, 2017, short interest as a percentage of float, or the short interest ratio, in Chesapeake Energy (CHK) stock was ~22%. In January 2017, the short interest ratio in Chesapeake Energy stock was ~12%.
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As the graph above notes, short interest in Chesapeake Energy stock and its stock price have moved in opposite directions since 2017 began.
Short interest ratio in Chesapeake Energy stock has risen significantly since the beginning of 2017, which is usually considered a bearish sign. Increasing short interest despite a decreasing stock price indicates that investors see a downside in CHK stock.
However, as we can see above, short interest in CHK has recently declined. This could mean that at least some investors no longer see an ongoing downside in the stock.
In comparison, Chesapeake Energy’s peers EQT (EQT) and Noble Energy (NBL) have short interest ratios of ~18.4% and ~3.2%, respectively. To learn more about Chesapeake Energy, please read How Would You Play Chesapeake Energy? Part 2.