Apache Corporation (APA): Today's Featured Energy Laggard

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Apache Corporation ( APA) pushed the Energy industry lower today making it today's featured Energy laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.3%. By the end of trading, Apache Corporation fell $1.35 (-1.7%) to $76.38 on average volume. Throughout the day, 3.4 million shares of Apache Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.9 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $75.82-$77.45 after having opened the day at $77.16 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $77.73. Other companies within the Energy industry that declined today were: Torch Energy Royalty ( TRU), down 10.2%, Abraxas Petroleum Corporation ( AXAS), down 10.1%, Global Geophysical Services ( GGS), down 6.3%, and Memorial Production Partners ( MEMP), down 5.9%.
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Apache Corporation, an independent energy company, explores for, develops, and produces natural gas, crude oil, and natural gas liquids. Apache Corporation has a market cap of $29.84 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 12.2, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 14.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 18 analysts that rate Apache Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and five rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Apache Corporation as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its reasonable valuation levels and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and weak operating cash flow.

On the positive front, Sonde Resources ( SOQ), up 17.2%, BMB Munai ( BMBM), up 15.7%, Ivanhoe Energy ( IVAN), up 13.9%, and New Concept Energy ( GBR), up 11.4%, were all gainers within the energy industry with Valero Energy Corporation ( VLO) being today's featured energy industry leader.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the energy industry could consider Energy Select Sector SPDR ( XLE) while those bearish on the energy industry could consider Proshares Short Oil & Gas ( DDG).

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