Whiting Petroleum (NYSE:WLL) and WOODSIDE PET LT/ADR (OTCMKTS:WOPEY) are both oils/energy companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, institutional ownership, risk, earnings, analyst recommendations, dividends and profitability.


WOODSIDE PET LT/ADR pays an annual dividend of $1.02 per share and has a dividend yield of 4.6%. Whiting Petroleum does not pay a dividend.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Whiting Petroleum and WOODSIDE PET LT/ADR’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Whiting Petroleum $1.48 billion 1.84 -$1.24 billion ($1.31) -22.82
WOODSIDE PET LT/ADR $3.91 billion 5.33 $1.02 billion N/A N/A

WOODSIDE PET LT/ADR has higher revenue and earnings than Whiting Petroleum.


This table compares Whiting Petroleum and WOODSIDE PET LT/ADR’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Whiting Petroleum -31.68% 5.30% 2.69%

Insider & Institutional Ownership

94.7% of Whiting Petroleum shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 0.1% of WOODSIDE PET LT/ADR shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.7% of Whiting Petroleum shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Volatility and Risk

Whiting Petroleum has a beta of 3.04, meaning that its share price is 204% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, WOODSIDE PET LT/ADR has a beta of 1.14, meaning that its share price is 14% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings for Whiting Petroleum and WOODSIDE PET LT/ADR, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Whiting Petroleum 0 14 16 1 2.58

Whiting Petroleum currently has a consensus price target of $50.04, indicating a potential upside of 67.34%. Given Whiting Petroleum’s higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Whiting Petroleum is more favorable than WOODSIDE PET LT/ADR.


Whiting Petroleum beats WOODSIDE PET LT/ADR on 8 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

Whiting Petroleum Company Profile

Whiting Petroleum Corporation engages in the acquisition, exploration, development, and production of crude oil, natural gas liquids, and natural gas primarily in the Rocky Mountains region of the United States. The company sells its oil and gas production to end users, marketers, and other purchasers. As of December 31, 2017, it had interests in 1,980 net productive wells on approximately 490,000 net developed acres, as well as total estimated proved reserves of 617.6 million barrels of oil equivalent. The company was founded in 1980 and is headquartered in Denver, Colorado.


Woodside Petroleum Ltd, an independent oil and gas company, engages in the exploration, evaluation, development, production, marketing, and sale of hydrocarbons. The company's products include liquefied natural gas, pipeline natural gas, condensate, liquefied petroleum gas, and crude oil. It holds interests in the North West Shelf project located in Western Australia; and operates a fleet of floating oil production, storage, and offloading facilities in Australia. The company's exploration portfolio includes emerging and frontier provinces in Australia and the Asia-Pacific region, the Atlantic margins, and Sub-Saharan Africa. It is also involved in the provision of trading, LNG processing, ship chartering, and other services. The company operates in Oceania, Asia, Canada, Africa, and internationally. Woodside Petroleum Ltd was founded in 1954 and is headquartered in Perth, Australia.

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