Whiting Petroleum Corporation (WLL): Today's Featured Energy Laggard

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Whiting Petroleum Corporation ( WLL) pushed the Energy industry lower today making it today's featured Energy laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.7%. By the end of trading, Whiting Petroleum Corporation fell $0.84 (-1.4%) to $60.73 on light volume. Throughout the day, 1,514,238 shares of Whiting Petroleum Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,453,900 shares. The stock ranged in price between $60.52-$62.32 after having opened the day at $61.71 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $61.57. Other companies within the Energy industry that declined today were: TransAtlantic Petroleum ( TAT), down 23.6%, MagneGas Corporation ( MNGA), down 13.5%, Mexco Energy Corporation ( MXC), down 6.6% and Houston American Energy Corporation ( HUSA), down 5.6%.

Whiting Petroleum Corporation, an independent oil and gas company, engages in the acquisition, exploration, exploitation, development, and production of crude oil, natural gas liquids, and natural gas in the United States. Whiting Petroleum Corporation has a market cap of $7.3 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 14.5, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 41.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 20 analysts that rate Whiting Petroleum Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Whiting Petroleum Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, solid stock price performance, attractive valuation levels, expanding profit margins and good cash flow from operations. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results.

On the positive front, Lilis Energy ( LLEX), up 25.0%, Eagle Rock Energy Partners ( EROC), up 12.6%, PostRock Energy ( PSTR), up 9.9% and Quicksilver Resources ( KWK), up 9.6% , were all gainers within the energy industry with BP ( BP) being today's featured energy industry leader.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the energy industry could consider Energy Select Sector SPDR ( XLE) while those bearish on the energy industry could consider Proshares Short Oil & Gas ( DDG).

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