Media coverage about Apache (NYSE:APA) has trended somewhat positive on Tuesday, according to Accern Sentiment. The research firm identifies negative and positive news coverage by reviewing more than 20 million news and blog sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Apache earned a news impact score of 0.24 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned media stories about the energy company an impact score of 47.7019977863965 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the near term.

These are some of the news articles that may have effected Accern’s analysis:

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Apache (NYSE:APA) traded down $1.62 during midday trading on Tuesday, reaching $45.03. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 1,448,106 shares, compared to its average volume of 3,900,696. Apache has a 12-month low of $38.14 and a 12-month high of $60.66. The company has a market capitalization of $17,770.00, a PE ratio of 26.02, a PEG ratio of 6.87 and a beta of 1.05. The company has a quick ratio of 1.37, a current ratio of 1.53 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.95.

Apache (NYSE:APA) last announced its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, November 2nd. The energy company reported $0.04 EPS for the quarter, beating the Zacks’ consensus estimate of ($0.05) by $0.09. Apache had a negative return on equity of 0.70% and a net margin of 10.60%. The company had revenue of $1.39 billion during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $1.39 billion. During the same period in the prior year, the company earned ($0.03) EPS. Apache’s revenue was down 3.5% compared to the same quarter last year. equities research analysts expect that Apache will post 0.09 earnings per share for the current year.

The business also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, February 22nd. Investors of record on Monday, January 22nd will be issued a $0.25 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Friday, January 19th. This represents a $1.00 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 2.22%. Apache’s payout ratio is 57.80%.

A number of equities analysts have weighed in on APA shares. Morgan Stanley boosted their price target on Apache from $45.00 to $46.00 and gave the stock an “equal weight” rating in a research report on Wednesday, October 18th. Scotiabank set a $49.00 price target on Apache and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a research report on Monday, November 13th. BMO Capital Markets reissued a “hold” rating and set a $42.00 price target on shares of Apache in a research report on Tuesday, November 7th. Royal Bank of Canada reaffirmed a “hold” rating and issued a $55.00 target price on shares of Apache in a research report on Tuesday, November 7th. Finally, Stifel Nicolaus set a $42.00 target price on Apache and gave the company a “hold” rating in a research report on Thursday, October 5th. Ten equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, ten have issued a hold rating and two have assigned a buy rating to the stock. Apache has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $46.00.

In other Apache news, insider P Anthony Lannie sold 19,514 shares of the stock in a transaction dated Friday, December 1st. The stock was sold at an average price of $44.04, for a total transaction of $859,396.56. Following the completion of the sale, the insider now directly owns 37,469 shares in the company, valued at approximately $1,650,134.76. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is accessible through this hyperlink. Also, Director John E. Lowe purchased 3,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Wednesday, December 13th. The shares were acquired at an average price of $40.02 per share, with a total value of $120,060.00. Following the completion of the acquisition, the director now owns 15,000 shares in the company, valued at approximately $600,300. The disclosure for this purchase can be found here. Corporate insiders own 0.48% of the company’s stock.

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About Apache

Apache Corporation is an independent energy company. The Company explores for, develops, and produces natural gas, crude oil and natural gas liquids. The Company’s production segments include: the United States, Egypt and the United Kingdom North Sea. It also pursues exploration interests in Suriname.

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