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What: Shares of Quicksilver Resources (NYSE: KWK ) dropped 14% today after the oil and gas company reported earnings.
So what: First-quarter production dropped from 358 million cubic feet of natural gas equivalent per day, or MMcfed, to 246 million MMcfed and is expected to be 255-260 MMcfed next quarter. The result was a loss of $0.08 per share, which was a penny worse than expected.
Now what: Management has lowered debt to keep the company solvent, but still can't make meaningful progress in making a profit. Quicksilver has been swimming in red ink for a long time now, and it's simply a company I wouldn't bet on. There are better ways to play the energy market right now, particularly as liquids production increases around the country.
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