An easy way to pick winning stocks: Whiting Petroleum Corporation (WLL), W. R. Grace & Co. (GRA)

Whiting Petroleum Corporation (NYSE:WLL) stock opened at $4.65 in recent trading session and has moved within a range spread between a low of $4.15 and a high of $4.67. When we look at the daily trading volume, traded Whiting Petroleum Corporation shares reached 11.51 million, slightly higher than its 90-day average trading volume of 8.92 million. The company has a market cap of $385.94 million. WLL stock lost -5.20% on the day to settle at $4.19 with a 38.88% short float and a short ratio of 3.94.

Analysts give Whiting Petroleum Corporation (WLL) a recommended stock rating of 3.43 to suggest the stock is a great Moderate Buy at the moment. Short term prospects for the stock appear exciting, with the distance to its 20-day simple moving average at -47.63% and the price target is given a consensus estimate of $5.59, about -3.81 down on the current stock price at $4.19. The weekly performance stands at -12.89% lower and -46.62% over the past one month. However, its overall year-to-date performance is down by -42.92% and -86.07% over the last 12 months. If we look at the company’s trailing 12-month price earnings ratio we get 3.51 while the estimated twelve-month trailing earnings per share should grow 129.10% for the current year.

If we break down the company’s shareholders to find out who the top WLL holders are, we note that insiders hold only 0.89% of the shares. The major holders are institutions that hold 104.86% of the company’s shares, specifically spread out among 325 institutional holders.

Analysts on Wall Street have given the WLL stock a steady of Hold for the last 3 months, with the current consensus rating among 31 polled analysts putting it at 3.59. 1 analysts have said the stock is a sell or underperform, while only 3 rate it as overweight. A further 22 rate the stock as a Hold, while 5 have rated it as a Buy.

In terms of the stock price, analysts have given the stock a 12-month consensus price target of $4.19, with the low at $5.00 and the high at $29.00. The median price of $7.50 suggests that analysts predict the stock will gain by 44.13% over the year from the last trading price. If the stock climbs to hit the high price target, then the company’s share price would have surged by an impressive 85.55% over the next 12 months. Even hitting the consensus low price we would still see the stock rise 16.2% from its current price level.

Reports show that the net insider transactions for Whiting Petroleum Corporation (WLL) over the last six months sold 2000.0 shares and 120903.0 shares in purchases. On 11/01/2019, Holly Bradley J President & Chief Executive Officer sold 18906.0 shares at a share price of $6.79 for a total of $128400.0. Since the sale, the stock’s price has plunged -38.29%.

W. R. Grace & Co. (NYSE: GRA) is undervalued, analysts say as the stock’s 4.75 rating makes it a Strong Buy. Meanwhile, the stock that has jumped to $63.00 by losing -3.49 in Tuesday’s market deals, received rating change over the recent past. Goldman Upgrade the Buy rating. Monness Crespi & Hardt Reiterated the stock to Buy and has the GRA stock price target for the year at $80. On October 16, 2019, Wells Fargo issued an Initiated for W. R. Grace & Co. (NYSE:GRA) to Market Perform. The target price suggests that the company shares have a 0.0 downside potential compared to its last price at the close of trade at $66.49 (up 0.42% on day’s opening price on 02/04/20).

So, what do analysts say about a stock that has dropped -9.81% year-to-date? Data shows that 11 analysts observing W. R. Grace & Co.’s stock have recommended GRA as a Buy. 9 of 11 say it is a buy, while 1 rate the stock as a overweight. The remaining 1 recommend investors Hold. The median price target for the stock is $82.00, with the range between a low of $72.00 and a high of $94.00. The twelve-month trailing price to earnings (P/E) ratio for the stock is 22.35 as of 9/29/2019 with an EPS of $0.98. Shares outstanding sit at 68.06M while the public float is currently at 66.10M shares.

The average analyst ratings momentum for the stock is 4.75 and has remained 4.75 and 4.75 a month ago and 2 months ago, respectively. We focus on changes in the sentiment portrayed by analysts over a given timeframe to get a pointer regarding the stock’s future price movements. If we look at the stock’s most recent price movements, the SMA20 is at a distance of -9.12% while enlarging that period further brings the SMA50 and SMA200 to -7.93% and -10.06% respectively.

In terms of volatility relative to the latest price change, GRA has a relative strength index (RSI) of 24.86 while the ATR figure stands at 1.43. Over the last week, the stock’s price tumbled only -8.70% although that falls to -9.09% over the month. Investors are encouraged by the negative sales in the quarter over quarter returns that currently stand at -4.90%. Sentiment is however tempered due to the -6.24% in quarter-over-quarter earnings a share. W. R. Grace & Co. (GRA) has a return on equity ratio of 59.40% according to the company’s trailing 12 month data, while the total return on investment stands at 6.50%. The Basic Materials company’s gross margin over the year has reached 39.80% while net margin remained 11.30%.