I admit it: I have a love/hate relationship with Whiting Petroleum (NYSE:WLL). Years ago I decided to invest in the emerging Bakken shale and boiled the choice down to two companies: Whiting Petroleum and Continental Resources (NYSE:CLR). At every metric I looked at, WLL looked cheap and undervalued. I bought in. Big mistake. Quarter-after-quarter CLR outperformed Whiting both operationally and financially, so did its stock. After holding on through many disappointing quarterly conference calls, I finally threw in the towel and sold WLL. The company just could not seem to grow production and EPS as fast as its #1 peer in the Bakken. Although I did make a few bucks on the transaction, the timing of...
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