Whiting Petroleum Corporation (WLL) Getting Somewhat Negative Press Coverage, Report Finds

Media stories about Whiting Petroleum Corporation (NYSE:WLL) have trended somewhat negative this week, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. The research group identifies negative and positive press coverage by monitoring more than 20 million news and blog sources. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Whiting Petroleum Corporation earned a coverage optimism score of -0.01 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave press coverage about the oil and gas exploration company an impact score of 45.9756136426035 out of 100, meaning that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the next several days.

These are some of the news stories that may have impacted Accern Sentiment’s scoring:

Shares of Whiting Petroleum Corporation (WLL) traded down $0.42 on Thursday, hitting $22.27. The stock had a trading volume of 5,834,450 shares, compared to its average volume of 4,686,973. Whiting Petroleum Corporation has a one year low of $15.88 and a one year high of $53.56. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.62, a quick ratio of 0.59 and a current ratio of 0.59.

Whiting Petroleum Corporation (NYSE:WLL) last issued its earnings results on Wednesday, October 25th. The oil and gas exploration company reported ($0.56) earnings per share for the quarter, beating analysts’ consensus estimates of ($0.80) by $0.24. The company had revenue of $324.20 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $330.25 million. Whiting Petroleum Corporation had a negative return on equity of 5.06% and a negative net margin of 45.39%. The firm’s quarterly revenue was up 2.8% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter in the prior year, the company earned ($1.88) EPS. sell-side analysts expect that Whiting Petroleum Corporation will post -2.44 EPS for the current fiscal year.

Several equities analysts have recently issued reports on WLL shares. Morgan Stanley set a $16.00 price target on shares of Whiting Petroleum Corporation and gave the company a “sell” rating in a report on Thursday, October 26th. SunTrust Banks, Inc. set a $36.00 price target on shares of Whiting Petroleum Corporation and gave the company a “buy” rating in a report on Friday, October 20th. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of Whiting Petroleum Corporation from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $24.00 price target for the company in a report on Thursday, October 12th. Tudor Pickering downgraded shares of Whiting Petroleum Corporation from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Tuesday, September 5th. Finally, Bank of America Corporation initiated coverage on shares of Whiting Petroleum Corporation in a report on Wednesday, July 19th. They issued an “underperform” rating and a $24.00 price objective for the company. Seven research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, thirteen have assigned a hold rating, ten have assigned a buy rating and one has given a strong buy rating to the stock. The company currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $36.65.

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Whiting Petroleum Corporation Company Profile

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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