Whiting Petroleum (WLL) Stock Climbing on Morgan Stanley Upgrade

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Shares of Whiting Petroleum Corp  (WLL) are climbing, up 1.25% to $38.15 in early market trading Monday, after analysts at Morgan Stanley raised their rating on the oil and gas company to "overweight" from "equal weight" this morning.

The firm issued a price target of $48 on shares, following a rebound in growth and a reduction in leverage due to divestitures.

Morgan Stanley believes that the current negative sentiment has led to a discounted valuation, making it an attractive entry point for investors.

Denver, CO-based Whiting Petroleum is an independent oil and gas company engaged in exploration, development, acquisition and production activities in the Rocky Mountains and Permian Basin regions.

Whiting is one of the largest producers in the Bakken Shale formation in North Dakota.

Insight from TheStreet's Research Team:

Whiting Petroleum is a core holding of David Peltier's Stocks Under $10 Portfolio. During the most recent weekly roundup, this is what Dave had to say about the stock:

Whiting Petroleum (WLL; $37.68; 123 shares; 2.50%; Inflection Point; $51 price target): The company explores for oil and gas in the Permian Basin, Williston Basin and Green River Basin. The shares added nearly 6% to recent gains this week, as management posted solid quarterly results on Wednesday. We'd consider paring back our position above $40, as Whiting has rallied significantly from its recent lows.

- David Peltier, 'Stocks Under $10 Weekly Roundup' originally published 5/1/2015 on Stock Under $10..

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