Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, natural gas producer Chesapeake Energy
With that in mind, let's take a closer look at Chesapeake's business and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.
|Founded (founded)||Oklahoma City (1989)|
|Market Cap||$12.8 billion|
|Industry||Oil and gas exploration and production|
|Trailing-12-Month Revenue||$12.4 billion|
|Management||Co-Founder/CEO Aubrey McClendon
CFO Domenic Dell'Osso
|Return on Equity (average, past 3 years)||7.8%|
|Cash/Debt||$438 million / $13.3 billion|
Sources: S&P Capital IQ and Motley Fool CAPS.
On CAPS, 97% of the 7,799 members who have rated Chesapeake believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.
Chesapeake will rise in the intermediate term due to: (1) a successful monetization of its asset base, (2) a profitable switch to natural gas liquids production, and (3) an eventual rise in natural gas prices that are currently near a 10-year bottom (as of May 2012). Having Carl Icahn at the proverbial helm doesn't hurt either.
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