Why PDC Energy's Shares Jumped


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What: Shares of energy company PDC Energy jumped 14% today after the company released earnings.

So what: The company increased revenue by 9.2% in the quarter to $108.6 million, ahead of estimates, but the bottom line came with a big shocker. The company recorded a $166.7 million impairment charge and that pushed the company to a $126.2 million loss, or a whopping $4.17 per share.

Now what: The charge is related to the company's Piceance Basin proved oil and natural gas properties and doesn't look good on the balance sheet. The company would have had a loss even without the charge, something that will keep me away from the stock for now. I need to see more production improvement, and serious improvement on the bottom line, before speculating on this stock.

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