Bank of Montreal Can decreased its position in Whiting Petroleum Corp (NYSE:WLL) by 68.6% in the 4th quarter, HoldingsChannel reports. The fund owned 56,784 shares of the oil and gas exploration company’s stock after selling 124,206 shares during the quarter. Bank of Montreal Can’s holdings in Whiting Petroleum were worth $1,504,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

Other hedge funds and other institutional investors have also recently bought and sold shares of the company. Shell Asset Management Co. bought a new stake in shares of Whiting Petroleum in the 3rd quarter worth $1,565,000. Cubist Systematic Strategies LLC bought a new stake in shares of Whiting Petroleum in the 3rd quarter worth $133,000. Gotham Asset Management LLC grew its stake in shares of Whiting Petroleum by 92.9% in the 2nd quarter. Gotham Asset Management LLC now owns 26,616 shares of the oil and gas exploration company’s stock worth $147,000 after acquiring an additional 12,815 shares in the last quarter. Advisor Group Inc. grew its stake in shares of Whiting Petroleum by 167.2% in the 3rd quarter. Advisor Group Inc. now owns 28,135 shares of the oil and gas exploration company’s stock worth $154,000 after acquiring an additional 17,604 shares in the last quarter. Finally, SG Americas Securities LLC bought a new stake in shares of Whiting Petroleum in the 3rd quarter worth $166,000.

Several research firms have recently issued reports on WLL. Morgan Stanley upped their target price on shares of Whiting Petroleum from $14.40 to $22.00 and gave the stock a “sell” rating in a research note on Wednesday, January 24th. Cowen set a $35.00 target price on shares of Whiting Petroleum and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research note on Thursday, January 18th. Mizuho set a $32.00 target price on shares of Whiting Petroleum and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a research note on Tuesday, January 16th. KeyCorp set a $35.00 target price on shares of Whiting Petroleum and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research note on Sunday, January 21st. Finally, Capital One Financial upgraded shares of Whiting Petroleum from an “equal weight” rating to an “overweight” rating in a research report on Tuesday, January 16th. Five equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, fifteen have assigned a hold rating and ten have assigned a buy rating to the company. The company currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $34.28.

Shares of Whiting Petroleum Corp (NYSE:WLL) opened at $23.86 on Thursday. The company has a market cap of $2,160.00, a PE ratio of -3.32 and a beta of 3.33. Whiting Petroleum Corp has a fifty-two week low of $15.88 and a fifty-two week high of $47.00. The company has a current ratio of 0.59, a quick ratio of 0.59 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.62.

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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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Institutional Ownership by Quarter for Whiting Petroleum (NYSE:WLL)

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