Whiting gets an amazing deal for Kodiak - too good to be true?

|About: Kodiak Oil & Gas Corp (KOG)|By:, SA News Editor

Shares of Whiting Petroleum (WLL +7.8%) surge to a new all-time high as analysts agree that WLL pulled off a great deal for Kodiak Oil & Gas (KOG +4.6%), paying ~2% less than KOG's Friday close and just 5% above the 60-day average (earlier).

WLL’s story grows even more compelling with an accretive deal that gives it a premier position in both the Bakken and Niobrara that should boost growth dramatically, likely with improved metrics across the board that already are at compelling levels vs. peers, Wunderlich says in reiterating its Buy rating.

In raising its price target to $102, Brean Capital says it would not be surprised to see a competing bid for KOG, but assuming the deal closes as currently constituted, its opinion of WLL is only enhanced as the most attractive opportunity in its coverage universe (Briefing.com).

Meanwhile, KOG’s decision to sell now is “curious,” according to Sterne Agee's Tim Rezvan, with a Q2 earnings miss possibly explaining the move; KOG has not set a date to release Q2 results.