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What Falling Estimates & Price Mean for Whiting Petroleum (WLL)

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Similar to wise buying decisions, exiting certain underperformers at the right time helps maximize portfolio returns. Selling off losers can be difficult, but if both the share price and estimates are falling, it could be time to get rid of the security before more losses hit your portfolio.

One such stock that you may want to consider dropping is Whiting Petroleum Corporation (WLL - Free Report) , which has witnessed a significant price decline in the past four weeks, and it has seen negative earnings estimate revisions for the current quarter and the current year. A Zacks Rank #5 (Strong Sell) further confirms weakness in WLL.

A key reason for this move has been the negative trend in earnings estimates revisions. For the full year, we have seen nine estimates moving down in the past 60 days, compared with two upward revisions. This trend has caused the consensus estimate to trend lower, going from $3.19 a share two months ago to its current level of $3.10 a share.

Also, for the current quarter, Whiting Petroleum has seen seven downward estimate revision versus two revisions in the opposite direction, dragging the consensus estimate down to 60 cents a share from 79 cents over the past 60 days.

The stock has also seen some pretty dismal trading lately, as the share price has dropped 7.6% in the past month.

Whiting Petroleum Corporation Price and Consensus

So it may not be a good decision to keep this stock in your portfolio anymore, at least if you don’t have a long time horizon to wait.

If you are still interested in the Oil and Gas - Exploration and Production - United States industry, you may instead consider a better-ranked stock - Bonanza Creek Energy, Inc. (BCEI - Free Report) . The stock currently holds a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy) and may be a better selection at this time. You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank stocks here.

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