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What: Shares of Chesapeake Energy
So what: Late Friday it was announced that the company had secured a $3 billion loan and there were reports that Carl Icahn would take a stake in the company. The loan fills a funding gap but is costing the company a hefty 8.5% per year. The company is planning to sell assets to pay down some of the debt and today CEO Aubrey McClendon said the company would get the asset sales done.
Now what: There's a ton of uncertainty surrounding McClendon, as well as the company's financial position, so any pop or drop should be taken with a grain of salt. Investors are now calling for McClendon to be fired and that may provide another pop, but an estimated $10 billion funding gap this year will keep me from buying anytime soon. Chesapeake will have to sell assets at a discount because of low natural gas and now oil prices, and I wouldn't want to buy in until there's some clarity surrounding the company's financial future.
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