Whiting Petroleum Corp. (NYSE:WLL)’s share price was up 4.9% during trading on Tuesday . The stock traded as high as $7.98 and last traded at $7.96, with a volume of 14,069,354 shares changing hands. The stock had previously closed at $7.59.

A number of equities research analysts recently commented on WLL shares. Credit Suisse Group AG reiterated a “hold” rating on shares of Whiting Petroleum Corp. in a research report on Saturday, April 30th. Vetr upgraded Whiting Petroleum Corp. from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $10.43 target price on the stock in a research report on Monday, May 9th. Zacks Investment Research upgraded Whiting Petroleum Corp. from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Wednesday, April 27th. Goldman Sachs Group Inc. downgraded Whiting Petroleum Corp. from a “buy” rating to a “neutral” rating and decreased their target price for the stock from $13.75 to $12.75 in a research report on Wednesday, July 6th. Finally, Cantor Fitzgerald reiterated a “hold” rating on shares of Whiting Petroleum Corp. in a research report on Sunday, August 14th. Two analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, nineteen have assigned a hold rating, eleven have assigned a buy rating and one has given a strong buy rating to the stock. The company has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $13.55.

The firm has a 50 day moving average of $7.91 and a 200 day moving average of $8.95. The company’s market cap is $2.04 billion.

Whiting Petroleum Corp. (NYSE:WLL) last posted its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, July 27th. The oil and gas exploration company reported ($0.70) EPS for the quarter, missing the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of ($0.52) by $0.18. The business had revenue of $339.58 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $374.83 million. The firm’s quarterly revenue was down 42.4% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period last year, the business posted $0.04 EPS. On average, analysts anticipate that Whiting Petroleum Corp. will post ($2.03) earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

Other institutional investors have bought and sold shares of the company. Connor Clark & Lunn Investment Management Ltd. increased its position in Whiting Petroleum Corp. by 85.1% in the fourth quarter. Connor Clark & Lunn Investment Management Ltd. now owns 162,000 shares of the oil and gas exploration company’s stock valued at $1,529,000 after buying an additional 74,500 shares during the period. Employees Retirement System of Texas increased its position in 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 during the period. Stephens Investment Management Group LLC increased its position in 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 during the period. I.G. Investment Management LTD. increased its position in 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 during the period. Finally, Marshall Wace LLP increased its position in Whiting Petroleum Corp. by 165.3% in the fourth quarter. Marshall Wace LLP now owns 134,156 shares of the oil and gas exploration company’s stock valued at $1,266,000 after buying an additional 83,592 shares during the period.

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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