Whiting Petroleum Corp. (NYSE:WLL)’s share price traded up 8.9% during trading on Monday . The stock traded as high as $8.40 and last traded at $8.34, with a volume of 14,727,785 shares trading hands. The stock had previously closed at $7.66.

Several equities analysts have commented on the stock. Tigress Financial lowered shares of Whiting Petroleum Corp. from a “neutral” rating to an “underperform” rating in a research note on Tuesday, May 3rd. Canaccord Genuity reiterated a “buy” rating and issued a $14.00 price target (up from $12.00) on shares of Whiting Petroleum Corp. in a research note on Monday, May 2nd. SunTrust Banks Inc. reiterated a “buy” rating and issued a $18.00 price target on shares of Whiting Petroleum Corp. in a research note on Monday, May 2nd. Credit Suisse Group AG reiterated a “hold” rating on shares of Whiting Petroleum Corp. in a research note on Saturday, April 30th. Finally, Wunderlich restated a “hold” rating and set a $14.00 target price (up from $10.00) on shares of Whiting Petroleum Corp. in a research report on Friday, April 29th. Two analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, nineteen have issued a hold rating, eleven have assigned a buy rating and one has assigned a strong buy rating to the stock. Whiting Petroleum Corp. presently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $14.40.

The stock’s market cap is $2.28 billion. The firm’s 50-day moving average is $8.15 and its 200-day moving average is $8.87.

Whiting Petroleum Corp. (NYSE:WLL) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, July 27th. The oil and gas exploration company reported ($0.70) earnings per share for the quarter, missing the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of ($0.52) by $0.18. During the same period last year, the business posted $0.04 EPS. The firm earned $339.58 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $374.83 million. The firm’s revenue for the quarter was down 42.4% on a year-over-year basis. On average, equities research analysts anticipate that Whiting Petroleum Corp. will post ($2.00) earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

Several hedge funds have recently made changes to their positions in WLL. Broadview Advisors LLC raised its stake in shares of Whiting Petroleum Corp. by 101.5% in the fourth quarter. Broadview Advisors LLC now owns 268,106 shares of the oil and gas exploration company’s stock valued at $2,531,000 after buying an additional 135,050 shares during the period. State of Tennessee Treasury Department increased its stake 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 increased its stake 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 increased its stake 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. Finally, Stephens Investment Management Group LLC increased its stake 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.

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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