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Chesapeake Should Rally Into $20’s: Pro Trader


With shares of Chesapeake down 30% ytd, one of the Fast Money traders says the time to pull the trigger is now.

As BlackRock increased the size of its stake and reports suggested Carl Icahn hit the buy button, trader Mike Murphy of Rosecliff Capital also pulled the trigger.

“We bought the stock around $15.77,” he says.

Murphy is convinced that BlackRock, Ichan as well as other major shareholders such as Southeastern will increase shareholder value.

Chesapeake has been under the microscope since mid-April, when the SEC launched an informal inquiry into a company program that granted CEO Aubrey McClendon a share in each of the wells Chesapeake drills.

It was later revealed that McClendon used his personal stake in Chesapeake wells as collateral for $1.1 billion in personal loans.

Chesapeake responded by moving to end the well participation program 18 months early in June 2013 and cutting director compensation. Also, McClendon agreed to step down as chairman.

Despite the attempts at damage control, a growing chorus of shareholders have been calling for changes. And Murphy thinks they get them.

“I think Chesapeake’s board has one option and that’s to sell the company,” he says. “(As a result) I think the stock pushes into the low $20’s at least.”

Trader Stephen Weiss doesn’t agree with the trade at all.

“Look at the balance sheet,” he says. “They have $11 billion in debt. It would be a major dilutive acquisition to anyone who buys them. I can’t imagine anyone buying them.”

Posted by CNBC's Lee Brodie

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