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

Apache Corporation ( APA) pushed the Energy industry higher today making it today's featured energy winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.4%. By the end of trading, Apache Corporation rose $0.89 (1.1%) to $84.06 on light volume. Throughout the day, 2,432,499 shares of Apache Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3,681,500 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $83.30-$84.22 after having opened the day at $83.55 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $83.17. Other companies within the Energy industry that increased today were: KiOR ( KIOR), up 18.4%, Bellatrix Exploration ( BXE), up 12.1%, Vantage Drilling ( VTG), up 9.1% and SMF Energy Corporation ( FUEL), up 8.8%.

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 $32.4 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 17.7, equal to the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. The company has a P/E ratio of 17.7, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 5.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 12 analysts that rate Apache Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 11 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Apache Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

On the negative front, Whiting USA Trust I ( WHX), down 7.3%, FX Energy ( FXEN), down 5.8%, HyperDynamics Corporation ( HDY), down 5.2% and Andatee China Marine Fuel Services Corporat ( AMCF), down 4.5% , were all laggards within the energy industry with Southwestern Energy Company ( SWN) being today's energy industry laggard.

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