Energy Biz Replay: Exterran SELLS Previously Nationalized Holdings, Chesapake’s GOOD News

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Shares of Exterran Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:EXH) head straight up on the news that the firm divested some previously nationalized Venezuelan assets for approximately $442 million, for which it was paid an initial $177 million in cash at closing and should receive the remaining principal balance in periodic cash payments through the third quarter of 2016.

Investors like Chesapeake Energy Corporation’s (NYSE:CHK) plans to divest another $5 billion in assets in the next 18 months, driving shares almost to the top of Tuesday’s S&P leader board. However, some analysts remain of the opinion that the company has become too dependent on asset sales to gain liquidity, with “a flood of acreage deals available [and] weaker oil and gas pricing than before.”

Goodrich Petroleum Corporation (NYSE:GDP) shares finished Tuesday trading as a top gainer thanks to investor enthusiasm that a planned divestiture of its South Henderson field in Texas and increasing oil production might help the firm, which is bogged down with a debt that is larger than its market value. Goodrich predicts its third quarter average oil volume at between 3,200 and 3,600 barrels per day, which marks a quarter-over-quarter increase of 14 to 29 percent for the period.

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