Whiting Petroleum Corp. (NYSE:WLL) shares were up 3% on Tuesday . The company traded as high as $8.03 and last traded at $8.00, with a volume of 17,860,995 shares trading hands. The stock had previously closed at $7.77.

A number of research analysts recently weighed in on WLL shares. Credit Suisse Group AG restated a “hold” rating on shares of Whiting Petroleum Corp. in a research note on Saturday, April 30th. Vetr cut shares of Whiting Petroleum Corp. from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating and set a $10.28 target price on the stock. in a research note on Thursday, April 14th. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Whiting Petroleum Corp. from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Wednesday, April 27th. Cantor Fitzgerald cut shares of Whiting Petroleum Corp. from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating and lifted their target price for the company from $10.00 to $11.00 in a research note on Tuesday, April 26th. Finally, Goldman Sachs Group Inc. cut shares of Whiting Petroleum Corp. from a “buy” rating to a “neutral” rating and lowered their target price for the company from $13.75 to $12.75 in a research note on Wednesday, July 6th. Three analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, nineteen have assigned a hold rating, thirteen have assigned a buy rating and one has issued a strong buy rating to the company. Whiting Petroleum Corp. currently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $16.03.

The company’s market cap is $1.60 billion. The stock’s 50-day moving average price is $10.11 and its 200 day moving average price is $8.81.

In other news, CEO James J. Volker acquired 10,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Tuesday, May 3rd. The shares were bought at an average cost of $10.30 per share, with a total value of $103,000.00. Following the purchase, the chief executive officer now owns 629,514 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $6,483,994.20. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through this hyperlink.

Other institutional investors have recently made changes to their positions in the company. State of Tennessee Treasury Department boosted its position in shares of Whiting Petroleum Corp. by 25.0% in the fourth quarter. State of Tennessee Treasury Department now owns 6,173,535 shares of the oil and gas exploration company’s stock valued at $58,278,000 after buying an additional 1,236,437 shares in the last quarter. Employees Retirement System of Texas boosted its position in shares of Whiting Petroleum Corp. by 171.6% in the fourth quarter. Employees Retirement System of Texas now owns 182,000 shares of the oil and gas exploration company’s stock valued at $1,718,000 after buying an additional 115,000 shares in the last quarter. BNP Paribas Arbitrage SA boosted its position in shares of Whiting Petroleum Corp. by 153.4% in the fourth quarter. BNP Paribas Arbitrage SA now owns 152,926 shares of the oil and gas exploration company’s stock valued at $1,444,000 after buying an additional 92,574 shares in the last quarter. Stephens Investment Management Group LLC boosted its position in shares of Whiting Petroleum Corp. by 42.2% in the fourth quarter. Stephens Investment Management Group LLC now owns 293,206 shares of the oil and gas exploration company’s stock valued at $2,768,000 after buying an additional 87,067 shares in the last quarter. Finally, I.G. Investment Management LTD. boosted its position in shares of Whiting Petroleum Corp. by 91.0% in the fourth quarter. I.G. Investment Management LTD. now owns 843,878 shares of the oil and gas exploration company’s stock valued at $7,966,000 after buying an additional 402,051 shares in the last quarter.

Whiting Petroleum Corporation is an independent oil and gas company. The Company is engaged in development, production, acquisition and exploration activities primarily in the Rocky Mountains and Permian Basin regions of the United States. The Company operates in the segment of exploration and production of crude oil, natural gas liquid (NGLs) and natural gas.

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