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The Bedford Report

May 04, 2011 08:16 ET

Producers Struggle to Benefit From Improving Natural Gas Market

The Bedford Report Provides Analyst Research on Chesapeake Energy & Delta Petroleum

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - May 4, 2011) - As surging oil prices begin to dampen the strength of the global economic recovery, investors are hopeful that the natural gas sector will get a boost from a stronger push for alternative sources of energy. With clean energy still a top priority, Americans have begun heralding shale gas as a cheap and clean transitional fuel to renewable energy. The Bedford Report examines investing opportunities in natural gas and provides research reports on Chesapeake Energy Corporation (NYSE: CHK) and Delta Petroleum Corporation (NASDAQ: DPTR). Access to the full company reports can be found at:

Natural Gas prices have been on the upswing in recent weeks supported by increased gas use from the power sector following outages at nuclear plants. A vast amount of nuclear power stations were shut down for maintenance last month, boosting the need for gas-fired electricity. Martin King, an analyst with FirstEnergy Capital, noted that the amount of natural gas added to US storage in April was likely to be the lowest in five years.

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Although higher prices are welcome news for producers, natural gas is expensive to drill and energy companies are required to sign leases that require that they keep producing. This has led to shrinking bottom lines for natural gas producers such as Chesapeake and Delta Petroleum.

Earlier this week Chesapeake reported a $205 million loss during the first quarter on revenues of $1.61 billion. Chesapeake said its year-over-year growth rate of natural gas production was 16 percent, and for oil and natural gas liquids, it was 56 percent.

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