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Chesapeake Energy Corporation (CHK)’s Stock Extends Its Rally Into Second Day

Chesapeake Energy Corporation (NYSE:CHK)’s stock maintained yesterday’s rally after the company revealed in an SEC filing on Monday that it is entering into a privately-negotiated purchase and exchange agreement. The Oklahoma based oil and Gas Company is set to exchange $0.01 per share of common stock with some of its outstanding senior notes. The filing states that the company has agreed to issue more than 37 million shares in exchange for about $166 million in aggregate principal amount due on four different issues of senior notes. These shares are approximately 5.2% of the company’s entire common share float. The latest debt-to-equity swap will help the company to pay off its massive $9 billion debt and undo the damage done by the plunging oil prices. Chesapeake Energy Corporation (NYSE:CHK) has also reduced its spending to tackle the liquidity crisis.

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With all of this in mind, we’re going to take a look at the fresh action regarding Chesapeake Energy Corporation (NYSE:CHK).

At Q1’s end, a total of 31 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, down by one from the previous quarter. With hedgies’ positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists a select group of key hedge fund managers who were increasing their stakes significantly (or already accumulated large positions).

According to publicly available hedge fund and institutional investor holdings data compiled by Insider Monkey, Carl Icahn’s Icahn Capital LP has the biggest position in Chesapeake Energy Corporation (NYSE:CHK), worth close to $301 million, accounting for 1.4% of its total 13F portfolio. Sitting at the No. 2 spot is Robert Pitts’ Steadfast Capital Management, with a $34.2 million position; 0.8% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Other professional money managers that are bullish contain David E. Shaw’s D E Shaw, John Griffin’s Blue Ridge Capital and Sander Gerber’s Hudson Bay Capital Management.

On the next page we are going to take a closer look at the funds that closed their entire positions in Chesapeake Energy during the first quarter. In addition, a stock may witness a boost in popularity, but it may still be less popular than similarly priced stocks, which is why we will examine companies such as HSN, Inc. (NASDAQ:HSNI), Companhia Siderurgica Nacional (ADR) (NYSE:SID), and AMC Entertainment Holdings Inc (NYSE:AMC) to gather more data points.

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