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What: Shares of independent energy company Northern Oil and Gas
So what: Independent oil and gas players in general were struggling today as Brigham Exploration
Now what: The bears seem to have the upper hand today, but that doesn't mean that there aren't any bulls to be found. Wall Street analysts currently have an average target price of $35 for the stock and a long-term growth rate of 30%. Currently, the company's equity is valued at roughly $1.6 billion, and that's on just $60 million in total 2010 revenue, so the beef of the Northern story is a future promise. But bullish analysts or not, a speculative play like this holds little interest for this Fool and much less so when there are serious red flags being raised about management.
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