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

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Apache Corporation ( APA) pushed the Energy industry higher today making it today's featured energy winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.8%. By the end of trading, Apache Corporation rose $7.04 (8.9%) to $85.68 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 13,910,079 shares of Apache Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3,381,000 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $84.15-$85.99 after having opened the day at $84.86 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $78.64. Other companies within the Energy industry that increased today were: Constellation Energy Partners ( CEP), up 14.5%, Lone Pine Resources ( LPR), up 13.4%, Miller Energy Resources ( MILL), up 8.9% and Sanchez Energy ( SN), up 6.6%.

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 $30.8 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are up 0.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. 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 hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, increase in net income and attractive valuation levels. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including disappointing return on equity, weak operating cash flow and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself.

On the negative front, Apco Oil and Gas International ( APAGF), down 8.6%, Syntroleum Corporation ( SYNM), down 6.1%, Genie Energy Ltd Class B ( GNE), down 6.1% and Houston American Energy Corporation ( HUSA), down 5.6% , were all laggards within the energy industry with Total ( TOT) being today's energy industry laggard.

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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