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Digging Deeper into Whiting Petroleum’s Key Fundamentals

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Short Interest Trends in Whiting Petroleum Stock

Short interest in Whiting Petroleum stock

On September 27, 2017, the short interest ratio, or short interest as a percentage of float, in Whiting Petroleum stock (WLL) was ~24%. In comparison, Whiting Petroleum’s short interest ratio was 12.0% in January.

Short Interest Trends in Whiting Petroleum Stock

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An increase in the short interest usually reflects investors’ bearish sentiment about a stock’s movements. The sentiment is based on investors’ expectations, which could be wrong.

The above graph notes that the short interest in Whiting Petroleum stock has risen significantly since the beginning of the year. However, Whiting Petroleum’s stock price has fallen considerably. Whiting Petroleum’s stock price was $12.02 on January 3, 2017—compared to $5.74 on September 27, 2017.

Peers’ short interest

In comparison, Whiting Petroleum’s peers Cimarex Energy (XEC), Concho Resources (CXO), and Newfield Exploration (NFX) had short interest ratios of 3.2%, ~4.8%, and ~4.2%, respectively, on September 27, 2017.

Read How Much Is Crude Oil Driving Whiting Petroleum? to learn more about Whiting Petroleum.

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