Apache Stock To Go Ex-dividend Tomorrow (APA)

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NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- The ex-dividend date for Apache Corporation (NYSE: APA) is tomorrow, October 18, 2012. Owners of shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 17 cents per share. At a price of $87.61 as of 9:30 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 0.8%.

The average volume for Apache has been 2.6 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Apache has a market cap of $33.43 billion and is part of the basic materials sector and energy industry. Shares are down 3.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

Apache Corporation, an independent energy company, explores for, develops, and produces natural gas, crude oil, and natural gas liquids. The company has a P/E ratio of 10.3, equal to the average energy industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Apache as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its good cash flow from operations, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself. You can view the full Apache Ratings Report.

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