Drilling for value

16 October 2014 By Kevin Allison

The U.S. gas driller’s market cap jumped 17 pct, or about $2 bln, after rival Southwestern agreed to buy some wells. The acquirer’s 11 pct share-price slide suggests the deal favors Chesapeake. But it also gives CEO Doug Lawler a one-shot fix for his company’s balance sheet.

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