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What: Shares of Southwestern Energy
So what: Chesapeake's move was made in response to natural gas prices recently reaching 10-year lows, and the company also said it would cut spending on gas wells if prices failed to recover. Chesapeake CEO Aubrey McClendon said current levels are not "economically attractive for developing dry gas plays in the U.S."
Now what: The production cut shows that natural gas players, including Southwestern, are keenly aware of plunging prices lately and may also take similar actions to prop up the market. Chesapeake has been one of the leaders of the recent shale fracking boom that, coupled with a relatively mild winter, has contributed to oversupply within the industry. Overall, analysts remain unconvinced that this move will be more than a near-term reaction.
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