Anadarko Petroleum (APC)Who They Are: Anadarko Petroleum Corporation is one of the world's largest independent oil and gas exploration and production companies. Anadarko Petroleum trades an average of 6.8 million shares per day with a marketcap of $35.1 billion. APC is forecast to report weak second-quarter earnings after the market closes on July 30. The consensus estimate is currently 78 cents a share, slumping 36 cents (31.6%) from $1.14 during the same period last year. Twenty-one out of 25 analysts (over 70%) rate APC a buy or strong buy. The company has four analysts rating it a hold, and not a sell rating to be found. Nineteen out of 25 analysts now rate APC a strong buy up from 18 analysts a month ago. Compared to three months ago, even more analysts are rating this company as a strong buy. Shareholders have not been rewarded for their patience, shares have fallen 14.9% in the last year. The average analyst target price for APC is $97.64. In the previous APC's earnings release on April 30, the closing price before earnings was $73.21. In comparison to a recent price of $67.78, shares are down 7.2%. For the same fiscal period year-over-year, revenue has declined to $13.97 billion last fiscal year compared to $10.98 billion in the previous year. The bottom line has falling earnings year-over-year with a loss of $2.65 billion last fiscal year compared to a profit of $761 million in the previous year. The short interest is relatively low and a non-factor at 1.39%.