3. As of noon trading, Apache Corporation ( APA) is up $1.81 (2.4%) to $77.74 on heavy volume Thus far, 3.3 million shares of Apache Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $75.86-$78.08 after having opened the day at $75.86 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $75.93.

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 $29.1 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 15.1, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 3.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 13 analysts that rate Apache Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 10 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 revenue growth, attractive valuation levels and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and weak operating cash flow. Get the full Apache Corporation Ratings Report now.

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