Public Employees Retirement Association of Colorado raised its position in shares of Whiting Petroleum Corporation (NYSE:WLL) by 10.0% during the second quarter, according to its most recent filing with the SEC. The fund owned 54,322 shares of the oil and gas exploration company’s stock after buying an additional 4,930 shares during the period. Public Employees Retirement Association of Colorado’s holdings in Whiting Petroleum Corporation were worth $299,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

A number of other large investors have also bought and sold shares of the stock. Campbell & CO Investment Adviser LLC boosted its stake in Whiting Petroleum Corporation by 24.4% in the second quarter. Campbell & CO Investment Adviser LLC now owns 20,349 shares of the oil and gas exploration company’s stock worth $112,000 after buying an additional 3,988 shares in the last quarter. World Asset Management Inc boosted its stake in Whiting Petroleum Corporation by 4.7% in the first quarter. World Asset Management Inc now owns 12,665 shares of the oil and gas exploration company’s stock worth $120,000 after buying an additional 570 shares in the last quarter. Gotham Asset Management LLC boosted its stake in Whiting Petroleum Corporation by 22.8% in the first quarter. Gotham Asset Management LLC now owns 13,801 shares of the oil and gas exploration company’s stock worth $131,000 after buying an additional 2,566 shares in the last quarter. Capital Innovations LLC acquired a new stake in Whiting Petroleum Corporation during the first quarter worth approximately $133,000. Finally, Robecosam AG acquired a new stake in Whiting Petroleum Corporation during the first quarter worth approximately $138,000. 83.96% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.

Whiting Petroleum Corporation (NYSE WLL) opened at 4.36 on Thursday. The firm’s 50 day moving average price is $4.91 and its 200 day moving average price is $7.53. Whiting Petroleum Corporation has a 12 month low of $4.18 and a 12 month high of $13.39. The stock’s market cap is $1.58 billion. Whiting Petroleum Corporation also saw unusually large options trading activity on Wednesday. Stock traders purchased 1,246 put options on the stock. This is an increase of approximately 159% compared to the average daily volume of 482 put options.

Whiting Petroleum Corporation (NYSE:WLL) last released its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, July 26th. The oil and gas exploration company reported ($0.18) earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of ($0.19) by $0.01. Whiting Petroleum Corporation had a negative net margin of 88.27% and a negative return on equity of 6.77%. The company had revenue of $311.50 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $345.64 million. During the same quarter in the prior year, the business earned ($0.70) earnings per share. The business’s quarterly revenue was down 7.6% compared to the same quarter last year. On average, equities research analysts predict that Whiting Petroleum Corporation will post ($0.71) EPS for the current fiscal year.

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A number of equities research analysts have commented on WLL shares. Citigroup Inc. decreased their price target on Whiting Petroleum Corporation from $13.00 to $11.00 and set a “buy” rating on the stock in a report on Thursday, July 13th. Cowen and Company set a $8.00 price target on Whiting Petroleum Corporation and gave the company a “buy” rating in a report on Tuesday, July 18th. Stifel Nicolaus decreased their price target on Whiting Petroleum Corporation from $12.00 to $11.50 and set a “buy” rating on the stock in a report on Thursday, July 27th. BMO Capital Markets reissued a “hold” rating and set a $10.00 price target on shares of Whiting Petroleum Corporation in a report on Thursday, June 22nd. Finally, Royal Bank Of Canada set a $12.00 price target on Whiting Petroleum Corporation and gave the company a “hold” rating in a report on Friday, June 2nd. Five investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, twelve have given a hold rating, ten have issued a buy rating and two have given a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $11.28.

About Whiting Petroleum Corporation

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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