Media stories about WPX Energy (NYSE:WPX) have been trending positive this week, according to AlphaOne Sentiment Analysis. AlphaOne, a service of Accern, scores the sentiment of media coverage by reviewing more than 20 million news and blog sources. AlphaOne ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. WPX Energy earned a news impact score of 0.29 on AlphaOne’s scale. AlphaOne also assigned news coverage about the oil and gas producer an impact score of 91 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is extremely likely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the near term.

These are some of the media headlines that may have effected AlphaOne’s scoring:

Insider Buying and Selling by Quarter for WPX Energy (NYSE:WPX)

WPX has been the subject of a number of research reports. FBR & Co reissued a “buy” rating and issued a $19.00 price target on shares of WPX Energy in a research note on Monday, April 17th. Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of WPX Energy from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Monday, February 27th. Scotiabank reissued a “buy” rating and issued a $23.00 price target on shares of WPX Energy in a research note on Thursday, February 23rd. Wolfe Research initiated coverage on shares of WPX Energy in a research note on Thursday. They issued an “outperform” rating and a $13.50 price target for the company. Finally, Seaport Global Securities raised shares of WPX Energy from a “neutral” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Friday, March 31st. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, two have assigned a hold rating and seventeen have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. WPX Energy has an average rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $16.57.

Shares of WPX Energy (NYSE:WPX) traded down 1.19% during trading on Friday, hitting $9.15. 17,320,650 shares of the company’s stock were exchanged. The firm has a 50-day moving average price of $11.34 and a 200-day moving average price of $12.99. WPX Energy has a one year low of $8.23 and a one year high of $16.17. The stock’s market cap is $3.64 billion.

WPX Energy (NYSE:WPX) last posted its earnings results on Wednesday, May 3rd. The oil and gas producer reported ($0.15) EPS for the quarter, beating the Zacks’ consensus estimate of ($0.17) by $0.02. WPX Energy had a negative net margin of 52.99% and a negative return on equity of 7.13%. The company had revenue of $461 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $254.24 million. Equities research analysts expect that WPX Energy will post ($0.54) EPS for the current fiscal year.

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About WPX Energy

WPX Energy, Inc is an oil and natural gas exploration and production company. The Company is engaged in the exploitation and development of unconventional properties. It operates in the exploration and production segment of the oil and gas industry and its operations are conducted in the United States.

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