NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Apache Corp. (APA) - Get Apache Corporation Report stock is down by 8.86% to $46.50 in mid-afternoon trading on Tuesday, as oil prices drop.

Crude oil (WTI) is down by 4.27% to $36.28 per barrel and Brent oil is dropping by 3.38% to $39.46 per barrel this afternoon, according to the CNBC.com index. 

Oil prices are sinking after comments by Kuwait's oil minister, who said the country would not lower its oil production unless Iran also froze production, the Wall Street Journal reports.

OPEC members are considering a freeze on production in order to improve oil prices. During the last month, oil prices have occasionally been boosted by news regarding the proposed freeze.

"I thought the $10 rally in oil prices was overextended at $5," Gene McGillian, a senior energy analyst at Tradition Energy, told the Journal. "The fundamental picture throughout this rally has not been supportive of a turnaround."

Based in Houston, Apache is an exploration and production company focused on natural gas, crude oil, and natural gas liquids.

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