Chicago Equity Partners LLC purchased a new position in Whiting Petroleum Corporation (NYSE:WLL) in the second quarter, according to the company in its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The fund purchased 18,580 shares of the oil and gas exploration company’s stock, valued at approximately $102,000.

A number of other institutional investors have also recently modified their holdings of WLL. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP lifted its stake in Whiting Petroleum Corporation by 95.8% in the first quarter. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP now owns 21,315,605 shares of the oil and gas exploration company’s stock worth $201,642,000 after acquiring an additional 10,428,144 shares during the last quarter. Vanguard Group Inc. lifted its stake in Whiting Petroleum Corporation by 28.6% in the first quarter. Vanguard Group Inc. now owns 27,919,350 shares of the oil and gas exploration company’s stock worth $264,116,000 after acquiring an additional 6,211,479 shares during the last quarter. Renaissance Technologies LLC purchased a new position in Whiting Petroleum Corporation in the first quarter worth approximately $29,442,000. Hotchkis & Wiley Capital Management LLC lifted its stake in Whiting Petroleum Corporation by 10.2% in the first quarter. Hotchkis & Wiley Capital Management LLC now owns 18,077,394 shares of the oil and gas exploration company’s stock worth $171,012,000 after acquiring an additional 1,676,942 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Caymus Capital Partners L.P. lifted its stake in Whiting Petroleum Corporation by 55.9% in the second quarter. Caymus Capital Partners L.P. now owns 3,724,500 shares of the oil and gas exploration company’s stock worth $20,522,000 after acquiring an additional 1,335,900 shares during the last quarter. Institutional investors own 83.96% of the company’s stock.

A number of research analysts recently issued reports on WLL shares. Citigroup Inc. decreased their price target on shares of Whiting Petroleum Corporation from $13.00 to $11.00 and set a “buy” rating for the company in a research note on Thursday, July 13th. Cowen and Company set a $8.00 price target on shares of Whiting Petroleum Corporation and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research note on Tuesday, July 18th. Stifel Nicolaus decreased their price target on shares of Whiting Petroleum Corporation from $12.00 to $11.50 and set a “buy” rating for the company in a research note on Thursday, July 27th. BMO Capital Markets reiterated a “hold” rating and issued a $10.00 price target on shares of Whiting Petroleum Corporation in a research note on Thursday, June 22nd. Finally, Royal Bank Of Canada set a $12.00 price target on shares of Whiting Petroleum Corporation and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a research note on Friday, June 2nd. Eight research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, twelve have assigned a hold rating, ten have given a buy rating and two have assigned a strong buy rating to the stock. The stock presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $10.99.

Whiting Petroleum Corporation (NYSE:WLL) opened at 4.84 on Friday. The firm has a 50-day moving average of $4.63 and a 200 day moving average of $6.91. Whiting Petroleum Corporation has a 52 week low of $3.97 and a 52 week high of $13.39. The firm’s market capitalization is $1.76 billion. Whiting Petroleum Corporation also was the recipient of unusually large options trading on Wednesday. Stock investors acquired 1,246 put options on the stock. This is an increase of 159% compared to the average volume of 482 put options.

Whiting Petroleum Corporation (NYSE:WLL) last issued its earnings results on Wednesday, July 26th. The oil and gas exploration company reported ($0.18) earnings per share for the quarter, topping the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of ($0.19) by $0.01. Whiting Petroleum Corporation had a negative return on equity of 6.77% and a negative net margin of 88.27%. The firm had revenue of $311.50 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $345.64 million. During the same period last year, the company earned ($0.70) earnings per share. The firm’s revenue for the quarter was down 7.6% on a year-over-year basis. Analysts predict that Whiting Petroleum Corporation will post ($0.70) earnings per share for the current year.

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Whiting Petroleum Corporation Company Profile

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 region of the United States. It is engaged in the exploration and production of crude oil, natural gas liquid (NGLs) and natural gas.

Institutional Ownership by Quarter for Whiting Petroleum Corporation (NYSE:WLL)

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