Despite some wild swings throughout the week, the S&P 500 ended the week with half of a percentage point gain. If you were an investor in Whiting Petroleum (NYSE:WLL) or Kodiak Oil & Gas (NYSE:KOG), you were handsomely rewarded, as the two companies decided to join forces to become the biggest oil and gas producer in the Bakken. Since the announcement, shares in Whiting and Kodiak were up a hefty 6.65% and 5.59%, respectively. Surprisingly, though, these two couldn't touch the performance of Westmoreland Coal (NASDAQ:WLB), which saw shares climb 9.78% from this time last week thanks, in part, to a completed equity issuance. 

Check out the following presentation. It will give you a full rundown of these energy stocks, and what any of this past week's events mean for these companies in the long run.

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