1. As of noon trading, Apache Corporation ( APA) is down $1.83 (-2.2%) to $80.30 on heavy volume. Thus far, 4.5 million shares of Apache Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $79.50-$81.93 after having opened the day at $81.79 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $82.13. 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 $32.6 billion and is part of the energy industry. Shares are up 6.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. 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. Get the full Apache Corporation Ratings Report now. STOCKS TO BUY: TheStreet Quant Ratings has identified a handful of stocks that can potentially TRIPLE in the next 12-months. Learn more. If you are interested in one of these 4 stocks, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the basic materials sector could consider Materials Select Sector SPDR ( XLB) while those bearish on the basic materials sector could consider ProShares Short Basic Materials Fd ( SBM).