Just the Facts on Apache Corporation (APA)

Apache Corporation (APA) is an interesting player in the Basic Materials space, with a focus on Independent Oil & Gas. The stock has been active on the tape, currently trading at $40.79, up from yesterday’s close by 0.42%. Given the stock’s recent action, it seemed like a good time to take a closer look at the company’s recent data.

Fundamental Analysis

Apache Corporation (APA) currently trades with a market capitalization of $15.08 Billion. That value represents a market adjusting for revenues that have been growing by 8.55 % on a quarterly year/year basis as of the company’s last quarterly report.

You can get a sense of how sustainable that is by a levered free cash flow of -$332 Million over the past twelve months. Generally speaking, earnings are expected to fall in coming quarters. Analysts are forecasting earnings of $0.39 on a per share basis this quarter. Perhaps, that suggests something about why 0.63% of the outstanding share supply is held by institutional investors.

Technical Analysis

As most professionals know, technical analysis can offer critical insights into what smart money and insiders think about a stock’s prospects going forward. Looking at the stock’s movement on the chart, Apache Corporation recorded a 52-week high of $52.97. It is now trading 12.18% off that level. The stock is trading $37.35 its 50-day moving average by -3.44%. The stock carved out a 52-week low down at $33.60.

In recent action, Apache Corporation (APA) has made a move of +12.87% over the past month, which has come on Strong relative transaction volume. Over the trailing year, the stock is underperforming the S&P 500 by 13.41, and it’s gotten there by action that has been more volatile on a day-to-day basis than most other stocks on the exchange. In terms of the mechanics underlying that movement, traders will want to note that the stock is trading on a float of 8.65% with $369.80 Million sitting short, betting on future declines. That suggests something of the likelihood of a short squeeze in shares of APA.

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