News headlines about Apache (NYSE:APA) have trended somewhat positive recently, Accern reports. The research group identifies negative and positive news coverage by analyzing more than twenty million news and blog sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Apache earned a daily sentiment score of 0.11 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news coverage about the energy company an impact score of 46.7249287066026 out of 100, meaning that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the near future.

Here are some of the news headlines that may have effected Accern Sentiment Analysis’s analysis:

Apache (NYSE APA) traded up $0.07 on Friday, reaching $40.70. 3,343,205 shares of the company traded hands, compared to its average volume of 2,382,887. Apache has a 52 week low of $38.14 and a 52 week high of $69.00. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.95, a current ratio of 1.53 and a quick ratio of 1.37.

Apache (NYSE:APA) last posted its earnings results on Thursday, November 2nd. The energy company reported $0.04 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of ($0.05) by $0.09. Apache had a net margin of 10.60% and a negative return on equity of 0.70%. The company had revenue of $1.39 billion during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $1.39 billion. During the same period last year, the company posted ($0.03) earnings per share. Apache’s quarterly revenue was down 3.5% on a year-over-year basis. research analysts predict that Apache will post 0.02 EPS for the current year.

The business also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Wednesday, November 22nd. Shareholders of record on Monday, October 23rd were given a dividend of $0.25 per share. This represents a $1.00 annualized dividend and a yield of 2.46%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Friday, October 20th. Apache’s dividend payout ratio is presently 57.47%.

APA has been the subject of several recent research reports. Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of Apache from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Tuesday, October 10th. Jefferies Group set a $35.00 price objective on shares of Apache and gave the stock a “sell” rating in a report on Tuesday, August 29th. Morgan Stanley upped their price objective on shares of Apache from $45.00 to $46.00 and gave the stock an “equal weight” rating in a report on Wednesday, October 18th. J P Morgan Chase & Co cut shares of Apache from a “neutral” rating to an “underweight” rating and cut their price target for the company from $46.00 to $38.00 in a report on Thursday, September 14th. Finally, Barclays cut their price target on shares of Apache from $30.00 to $26.00 and set an “underweight” rating on the stock in a report on Wednesday, October 11th. Ten investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, ten have assigned a hold rating and two have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. Apache has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $48.06.

In other Apache news, insider P Anthony Lannie sold 19,514 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, December 1st. The shares were sold at an average price of $44.04, for a total transaction of $859,396.56. Following the sale, the insider now owns 37,469 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $1,650,134.76. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which can be accessed through the SEC website. 0.48% of the stock is currently owned by insiders.

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Apache Company Profile

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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