Saturday’s Midday Stock Update: Whiting Petroleum (WLL), Hollyfrontier (HFC), Novagold Resources New (NG), SunPower (SPWR), Marathon Petroleum (MPC)

So far Saturday, January 4, NASDAQ is up 1.03% and the S&P is up 1.25%. Here are this morning’s most active stocks: Whiting Petroleum (WLLResearch Report), Hollyfrontier (HFCResearch Report), Novagold Resources New (NGResearch Report), SunPower (SPWRResearch Report) and Marathon Petroleum (MPCResearch Report).

Whiting Petroleum is down -6.21% in midday trading to $7.85. Shares opened today at $8.37. The company has a 52-week low of $4.29 and a 52-week high of $30.94. On the Street’s front, the average 12-month analyst price target for the stock is $8.75, marking a 4.54% potential upside from current levels. In a report issued on December 6, Barclays analyst William S. Thompson maintained a Hold rating on WLL, with a price target of $5.00, which implies a downside of 40% from current levels. Separately, on December 2, R. F. Lafferty’s Jaime Perez maintained a Buy rating on the stock and has a price target of $12.00.

Hollyfrontier is down -5.71% in midday trading to $48.18. Shares opened today at $51.10. The company has a 52-week low of $37.73 and a 52-week high of $58.88. On the Street’s front, the average 12-month analyst price target for the stock is $58.25, marking a 13.99% potential upside from current levels. In a report released yesterday, J.P. Morgan analyst Phil Gresh maintained a Sell rating on HFC, with a price target of $54.00, which represents a potential upside of 6% from where the stock is currently trading. Separately, on December 20, RBC’s Brad Heffern maintained a Buy rating on the stock and has a price target of $64.00. In the last 30 days, insiders have sold $2.2M worth of HFC shares. Over the last 3 months, the insider sentiment on Hollyfrontier has been negative based on 37 corporate insider transactions. This sentiment is lower than the average sector sentiment of insiders.

Novagold Resources New is down -4.77% in midday trading to $8.59. Shares opened today at $9.02. The company has a 52-week low of $3.42 and a 52-week high of $9.21. In the last 30 days, insiders have sold $2.59M worth of NG shares. Over the last 3 months, the insider sentiment on Novagold Resources New has been positive based on 106 corporate insider transactions. This sentiment is slightly higher than the average sector sentiment of insiders.

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SunPower is down -4.72% in midday trading to $7.37. Shares opened today at $7.73. The company has a 52-week low of $5.06 and a 52-week high of $16.04. On the Street’s front, the average 12-month analyst price target for the stock is $9.54, marking a 23.42% potential upside from current levels. In a report issued on December 16, Morgan Stanley analyst Stephen Byrd maintained a Sell rating on SPWR, with a price target of $5.80, which implies a downside of 25% from current levels. Separately, on November 22, Cowen’s Jeff Osborne maintained a Buy rating on the stock and has a price target of $9.50. In the last 30 days, insiders purchased $206.7K worth of SPWR shares.

Marathon Petroleum is down -4.63% in midday trading to $58.23. Shares opened today at $61.06. The company has a 52-week low of $43.96 and a 52-week high of $69.65. On the Street’s front, the average 12-month analyst price target for the stock is $79.13, marking a 29.59% potential upside from current levels. In a report issued on December 20, RBC analyst Brad Heffern maintained a Buy rating on MPC, with a price target of $69.00, which implies an upside of 13% from current levels. Separately, on December 9, J.P. Morgan’s Phil Gresh downgraded the stock to Hold and has a price target of $67.00. In the last 30 days, insiders have sold $1.37M worth of MPC shares.

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