Head to Head Contrast: Continental Resources (NYSE:CLR) versus Whiting Petroleum (NYSE:WLL)

Continental Resources (NYSE:CLR) and Whiting Petroleum (NYSE:WLL) are both oils/energy companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, profitability, institutional ownership, valuation, dividends, risk and earnings.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Continental Resources and Whiting Petroleum’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Continental Resources $2.59 billion 5.82 -$596.87 million ($1.17) -35.03
Whiting Petroleum N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

Whiting Petroleum has lower revenue, but higher earnings than Continental Resources.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and price targets for Continental Resources and Whiting Petroleum, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Continental Resources 3 8 8 0 2.26
Whiting Petroleum 0 2 5 0 2.71

Continental Resources currently has a consensus price target of $36.03, indicating a potential downside of 12.08%. Whiting Petroleum has a consensus price target of $57.43, indicating a potential upside of 6.33%. Given Whiting Petroleum’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Whiting Petroleum is more favorable than Continental Resources.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

13.1% of Continental Resources shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 94.0% of Whiting Petroleum shares are owned by institutional investors. 82.4% of Continental Resources shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 0.1% of Whiting Petroleum shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

This table compares Continental Resources and Whiting Petroleum’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Continental Resources 9.47% 7.09% 3.19%
Whiting Petroleum N/A N/A N/A

Summary

Continental Resources beats Whiting Petroleum on 7 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

Continental Resources Company Profile

Continental Resources, Inc. engages in the exploration, development and production of crude oil and natural gas. The firm sells its crude oil and natural gas production to energy marketing companies, crude oil refining companies, and natural gas gathering and processing companies. The company was founded by Harold G. Hamm in 1967 and is headquartered in Oklahoma City, OK.

Whiting Petroleum Company Profile

Whiting Petroleum Corp. engages in the development, production, acquisition, and exploration of oil and gas properties. It operates in the Rocky Mountains regions. The company was founded by Kenneth R. Whiting and J. Bert Ladd in January 1980 and is headquartered in Denver, CO.

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