Carl Icahn slashes Chesapeake Energy stake

Icahn: Cut Chesapeake stake for tax planning purposes

Billionaire investor Carl Icahn has reduced his stake in Chesapeake Energy to 4.6 percent, according to a Monday filing.

Prior to the filing, the chairman of Icahn Enterprises had a 9.4 percent stake in the company.

"We believe that over the last few years Doug Lawler and his team have done an admirable job, especially in light of the circumstances. We reduced our position to recognize a capital loss for tax planning purposes," Icahn said in a statement on his site.

The stock extended losses in late trading, falling nearly 2 percent after already tumbling 7 percent in the Monday session.

The sales were made between Sept. 13 and Sept. 19.