Continental Resources (NYSE: CLR) is one of 243 publicly-traded companies in the “Oil & Gas Exploration and Production” industry, but how does it contrast to its rivals? We will compare Continental Resources to related businesses based on the strength of its earnings, profitability, valuation, risk, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership and dividends.

Volatility & Risk

Continental Resources has a beta of 1.39, indicating that its stock price is 39% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Continental Resources’ rivals have a beta of 1.41, indicating that their average stock price is 41% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Continental Resources and its rivals gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Continental Resources $2.37 billion $1.75 billion -94.55
Continental Resources Competitors $1.42 billion $613.46 million 20.85

Continental Resources has higher revenue and earnings than its rivals. Continental Resources is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its rivals, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Profitability

This table compares Continental Resources and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Continental Resources -5.99% -2.46% -0.76%
Continental Resources Competitors -449.98% 1.72% 0.73%

Institutional and Insider Ownership

23.4% of Continental Resources shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 62.3% of shares of all “Oil & Gas Exploration and Production” companies are held by institutional investors. 76.9% of Continental Resources shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 12.0% of shares of all “Oil & Gas Exploration and Production” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings for Continental Resources and its rivals, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Continental Resources 1 5 14 0 2.65
Continental Resources Competitors 1575 7900 12219 268 2.51

Continental Resources presently has a consensus target price of $45.34, suggesting a potential upside of 19.89%. As a group, “Oil & Gas Exploration and Production” companies have a potential upside of 40.68%. Given Continental Resources’ rivals higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Continental Resources has less favorable growth aspects than its rivals.

About Continental Resources

Continental Resources, Inc. is a crude oil and natural gas company with properties in the North, South and East regions of the United States. The North region consists of properties north of Kansas and west of the Mississippi River and includes North Dakota Bakken, Montana Bakken and the Red River units. The South region includes properties south of Nebraska and west of the Mississippi River including various plays in the South Central Oklahoma Oil Province (SCOOP), Sooner Trend Anadarko Canadian Kingfisher (STACK), and Arkoma Woodford areas of Oklahoma. The East region is consists of undeveloped leasehold acreage east of the Mississippi River with no drilling or production operations. As of December 31, 2016, its estimated proved reserves were 1,275 million barrels of oil equivalent (MMBoe), with estimated proved developed reserves of 519 MMBoe. As of December 31, 2016, its average daily production from South region properties was 91,088 barrels of oil equivalent (Boe) per day.

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