C. K. Cooper & Company Issues Semi-Annual Industry Report On Mic

   C. K. Cooper & Company Issues Semi-Annual Industry Report On
                  Micro-Cap Oil and Gas Companies

IRVINE, Calif., June 20, 2006 (PRIMEZONE) -- C. K. Cooper & Company
released its Semi-Annual Industry Report, "Energy: The Once and Future
Bull Market," discussing smaller exploration and production companies
and the current trends and outlook for oil and natural gas prices. 
Philip J. McPherson, Director of Research, commented, "The past 6 weeks
have been tough for E&P investors; none the less, we continue to
believe that the Energy Bull Market is still in full force. We believe
investors need to begin accumulating those stocks that are trading at a
discount to their reserve values. Based upon this assumption, we have
identified our Focus List for 2006. Each of these issues predominantly
produce oil and currently trade at a discount to their PV-10 values." 
Within this report, C. K. Cooper & Company has updated four issues that
it follows in separate three page reports. These reports are as

 Issues                                     Rating
 Arena Resources Inc. (AMEX:ARD)             BUY
 ATP Oil & Gas Corp. (Nasdaq:ATPG)           BUY
 Berry Petroleum (NYSE:BRY)                  BUY
 Whittier Energy Corp. (AMEX:WHIT)           BUY

C. K. Cooper & Company's clients may view this report by visiting:
C. K. Cooper & Company is an investment-banking boutique that
specializes in the energy sector with an emphasis on exploration and
production companies. 
Additional information on the securities mentioned in this report is
available upon request. This report is based on data obtained from
source we believe to be reliable, but is not guaranteed as to accuracy
and does not purport to be complete. Because of individual client
objectives, this report should not be construed as advice designed to
meet the particular investment needs of any investor. Any opinions
expressed herein are subject to change. 
This report is not to be construed as an offer or the solicitation of
an offer to buy or sell the securities herein mentioned. From time to
time, this firm, its affiliated entities and/or their respective
directors, officers, employees or members of their immediate families
may have long or short positions in the securities mentioned in this
report. These securities may be sold to or purchased from customers or
otherwise by this firm, its affiliated entities, and/or its directors,
officers, employees or members of their immediate families, as
principle or agent. 
C. K. Cooper & Company is a member of the National Association of
Securities Dealer, CRD number 106578. 

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