Whiting Petroleum (NYSE:WLL) Getting Somewhat Favorable Press Coverage, Analysis Shows

News articles about Whiting Petroleum (NYSE:WLL) have been trending somewhat positive this week, according to Accern. Accern ranks the sentiment of media coverage by reviewing more than twenty million blog and news sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Whiting Petroleum earned a daily sentiment score of 0.19 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news articles about the oil and gas exploration company an impact score of 46.6886538291348 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the near term.

Here are some of the media stories that may have effected Accern Sentiment’s rankings:

Shares of Whiting Petroleum (NYSE:WLL) traded up $1.01 during trading on Thursday, reaching $33.84. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 3,869,556 shares, compared to its average volume of 4,940,162. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.71, a current ratio of 0.77 and a quick ratio of 0.77. The stock has a market capitalization of $2,993.32, a price-to-earnings ratio of -2.48, a P/E/G ratio of 4.75 and a beta of 3.18. Whiting Petroleum has a fifty-two week low of $15.88 and a fifty-two week high of $41.48.

Whiting Petroleum (NYSE:WLL) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, February 21st. The oil and gas exploration company reported ($0.17) EPS for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of ($0.30) by $0.13. The business had revenue of $474.40 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $424.55 million. Whiting Petroleum had a negative return on equity of 3.96% and a negative net margin of 83.54%. The company’s revenue for the quarter was up 38.4% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter last year, the firm posted ($0.28) earnings per share. equities analysts expect that Whiting Petroleum will post 0.47 EPS for the current year.

A number of research analysts have commented on WLL shares. Johnson Rice assumed coverage on shares of Whiting Petroleum in a research report on Wednesday, March 21st. They set a “buy” rating and a $58.00 price target on the stock. Mizuho set a $32.00 target price on shares of Whiting Petroleum and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a report on Tuesday, January 16th. Piper Jaffray restated a “hold” rating and issued a $40.00 target price on shares of Whiting Petroleum in a report on Tuesday, January 9th. Seaport Global Securities upgraded shares of Whiting Petroleum from a “neutral” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $40.00 target price on the stock in a report on Wednesday, March 7th. Finally, Barclays restated a “hold” rating and issued a $20.00 target price on shares of Whiting Petroleum in a report on Sunday, December 24th. Four analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, fifteen have issued a hold rating and ten have given a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $33.84.

In other Whiting Petroleum news, VP David M. Seery sold 1,059 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Thursday, March 1st. The stock was sold at an average price of $27.77, for a total transaction of $29,408.43. Following the completion of the transaction, the vice president now owns 37,122 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $1,030,877.94. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through this link. Company insiders own 1.70% of the company’s stock.

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About Whiting Petroleum

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.

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