Apache Corporation (NYSE:APA) is one of the best performers on the stock market today. At current price of $21.28, the shares have already added 0.85 points (4.16% higher) from its previous close of $20.43. Should you buy or avoid them? The stock sets an active trading volume day with a reported 2996454 contracts so far this session. APA shares had a relatively better volume day versus average trading capacity of 5.63 million shares, but with a 0.37 billion float and a -12.58% run over a week, it’s definitely worth keeping an eye on. The one year price forecast for APA stock indicates that the average analyst price target is $29.92 per share. This means the stock has a potential increase of 40.6% from where the APA share price has been trading recently which is between $20.275 and $20.875. There are some brokerage firms that offer lower targets than the average, with one of them, even setting their price target at $15. Flipping the other side of the coin, an analyst who is fully bullish set a price target as high as $45.
During the recent trading session for Apache Corporation (NYSE:APA), the company witnessed their stock drop by $-0.95 over a week and tumble down $-3.13 from the price 20 days ago. When compared to their established 52-week high of $45.8, the high they recorded in their recent session happens to be lower. Their established 52-week high was attained by the company on 10/15/18. The recent low of $19.44 stood for a -53.86% since 08/15/19, a data which is good for most investors who are looking to take advantage of the stock’s recent rise. A beta of 1.91 is also allocated to the stock. Since the beta is greater than one, it implies that the stock is more volatile than the market, a data that traders are keeping close attention to. At the moment, the median target price for APA is set at $27, a figure which is below the recent 1-year high the stock witnessed.
Looking at the current readings for Apache Corporation, the two-week RSI stands at 40.89. This figure suggests that APA stock, for now, is neutral, meaning that the shares are stable in terms of price movement. The stochastic readings, on the other hand, based on the current APA readings is similarly very revealing as it has a stochastic reading of 9.95% at this stage. This figure means that APA share price today is being overbought.
Technical chart claims that Apache Corporation (APA) would settle between $20.78/share to $21.13/share level. However, if the stock price goes below the $20.18 mark, then the market for Apache Corporation becomes much weaker. If that happens, the stock price might even plunge as low as $19.93 for its downside target. The stock is currently in the red zone of MACD, with the indicator reading -1.15. Traders are always alerted for the move of a stock above or below the zero line due to the fact that the reading is an indicator of the position of the short-term average relative to the long-term average. If the MACD is above the zero line, then the short-term average relative is above that of the long-term average, thus implying an upward momentum. Vice versa is the case if the MACD is below the zero line.
Analysts at SunTrust, assumed coverage of APA assigning Buy rating, according to their opinion released on September 23. MKM Partners, analysts launched coverage of Apache Corporation (NYSE:APA) stock with a Neutral recommendation, according to their flash note issued to investors on September 17. Analysts at Wolfe Research released an upgrade from Underperform to Peer Perform for the stock, in a research note that dated back to June 03.
APA equity has an average rating of 2.43, with the figure leaning towards a bullish end. 28 analysts who tracked the company were contacted by Reuters. Amongst them, 17 rated the stock as a hold while the remaining 11 were split even though not equally. Some analysts rate the stock as a buy or a strong buy while others rated it as a sell. 7 analysts rated Apache Corporation (NYSE:APA) as a buy or a strong buy while 4 advised that investors should desist from purchasing the stock or sell them if they already own the company’s stock.
Moving on, APA stock price is currently trading at 27.39X forward 12-month Consensus EPS estimates, and its P/E ratio is 0 while for the average stock in the same group, the multiple is 10.8. Apache Corporation current P/B ratio of 1.2 means it is trading at a premium against its industry’s 1.2.
Apache Corporation (APA)’s current-quarter revenues are projected to climb by nearly -25% to hit $1.49 billion, based on current consensus estimate. The firm’s full-year revenues are expected to expand by over -13.2% from $7.42 billion to a noteworthy $6.45 billion. At the other end of the current quarter income statement, Apache Corporation is expected to see its adjusted earnings surge by roughly -128.6% to hit $-0.18 per share. For the fiscal year, APA’s earnings are projected to climb by roughly -92.1% to hit $0.14 per share.