Shares of Whiting Petroleum Corp (NYSE:WLL) fell 3.7% on Monday . The company traded as low as $26.75 and last traded at $25.95. 3,499,189 shares changed hands during mid-day trading, a decline of 23% from the average session volume of 4,522,408 shares. The stock had previously closed at $26.96.

A number of research firms recently weighed in on WLL. Imperial Capital upped their target price on shares of Whiting Petroleum from $6.00 to $30.00 and gave the company a “line” rating in a research note on Monday, November 13th. KeyCorp set a $35.00 target price on shares of Whiting Petroleum and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research note on Sunday, January 21st. R. F. Lafferty reissued a “hold” rating and issued a $28.00 target price on shares of Whiting Petroleum in a research note on Tuesday, December 12th. Credit Suisse Group began coverage on shares of Whiting Petroleum in a research note on Monday, December 11th. They issued a “neutral” rating and a $29.00 target price on the stock. Finally, Goldman Sachs Group raised shares of Whiting Petroleum from a “sell” rating to a “neutral” rating in a research note on Thursday, February 1st. Six research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, fourteen have issued a hold rating and ten have assigned a buy rating to the company. The stock currently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $34.28.

The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.62, a current ratio of 0.59 and a quick ratio of 0.59. The firm has a market cap of $2,360.00, a P/E ratio of -3.63 and a beta of 3.33.

A number of institutional investors have recently modified their holdings of the business. Aveo Capital Partners LLC bought a new stake in Whiting Petroleum during the fourth quarter worth about $306,000. Cpwm LLC acquired a new position in shares of Whiting Petroleum during the fourth quarter worth approximately $1,693,000. Alambic Investment Management L.P. acquired a new position in shares of Whiting Petroleum during the fourth quarter worth approximately $466,000. Cypress Capital Management LLC WY lifted its position in shares of Whiting Petroleum by 391.1% during the fourth quarter. Cypress Capital Management LLC WY now owns 22,100 shares of the oil and gas exploration company’s stock worth $585,000 after purchasing an additional 17,600 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Phoenix Investment Adviser LLC acquired a new position in shares of Whiting Petroleum during the fourth quarter worth approximately $457,000.

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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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