Wall Street Analyst Upgrade APA Corporation [APA]. What else is Wall St. saying

APA Corporation [NASDAQ: APA] gained 1.13% or 0.24 points to close at $20.99 with a heavy trading volume of 8146329 shares. The company report on March 18, 2021 that SHAREHOLDER DEADLINE NOTICE: The Schall Law Firm Announces the Filing of a Class Action Lawsuit Against Apache Corporation and Encourages Investors with Losses in Excess of $500,000 to Contact the Firm.

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The Schall Law Firm, a national shareholder rights litigation firm, announces the filing of a class action lawsuit against Apache Corporation (“Apache” or “the Company”) (NASDAQ:APA) for violations of 10(b) and 20(a) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and Rule 10b-5 promulgated thereunder by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

Investors who purchased the Company’s securities between September 7, 2016 and March 13, 2020, inclusive (the ”Class Period”), are encouraged to contact the firm before April 26, 2021.

It opened the trading session at $20.51, the shares rose to $21.105 and dropped to $20.08, the range by which the price of stock traded the whole day. The daily chart for APA points out that the company has recorded 75.75% gains over the past six months. However, it is still -452.37% lower than its most recent low trading price.

If we look at the average trading volume of 9.02M shares, APA reached to a volume of 8146329 in the most recent trading day, which is why market watchdogs consider the stock to be active.

Here is what top equities market gurus are saying about APA Corporation [APA]:

Based on careful and fact-backed analyses by Wall Street experts, the current consensus on the target price for APA shares is $21.22 per share. Analysis on target price and performance of stocks is usually carefully studied by market experts, and the current Wall Street consensus on APA stock is a recommendation set at 2.40. This rating represents a strong Buy recommendation, on the scale from 1 to 5, where 5 would mean strong sell, 4 represents Sell, 3 is Hold, and 2 indicates Buy.

Morgan Stanley have made an estimate for APA Corporation shares, keeping their opinion on the stock as Overweight, with their previous recommendation back on March 11, 2021. The new note on the price target was released on March 01, 2021, representing the official price target for APA Corporation stock. Previously, the target price had yet another raise from $14 to $24, while Raymond James kept a Strong Buy rating on APA stock. On January 14, 2021, analysts increased their price target for APA shares from 15 to 22.

The Average True Range (ATR) for APA Corporation is set at 1.18, with the Price to Sales ratio for APA stock in the period of the last 12 months amounting to 1.84. Price to Free Cash Flow for APA in the course of the last twelve months was 6.48 with Quick ratio for the last quarter at 1.00.

Trading performance analysis for APA stock

APA Corporation [APA] fell into the red zone at the end of the last week, falling into a negative trend and dropping by -2.98. With this latest performance, APA shares gained by 12.94% in over the last four-week period, additionally plugging by 75.75% over the last 6 months – not to mention a rise of 370.52% in the past year of trading.

Overbought and oversold stocks can be easily traced with the Relative Strength Index (RSI), where an RSI result of over 70 would be overbought, and any rate below 30 would indicate oversold conditions. An RSI rate of 50 would represent a neutral market momentum. The current RSI for APA stock in for the last two-week period is set at 56.50, with the RSI for the last a single of trading hit 53.09, and the three-weeks RSI is set at 57.83 for APA Corporation [APA]. The present Moving Average for the last 50 days of trading for this stock 18.27, while it was recorded at 21.28 for the last single week of trading, and 14.23 for the last 200 days.

APA Corporation [APA]: A deeper dive into fundamental analysis

APA Corporation’s liquidity data is similarly interesting compelling, with a Quick Ratio of 1.00 and a Current Ratio set at 1.40.

APA Corporation [APA]: An earnings per share (EPS) analysis

With the latest financial reports released by the company, APA Corporation posted -0.13/share EPS, while the average EPS was predicted by analysts to be reported at -0.33/share. When compared, the two values demonstrate that the company surpassed the estimates by a Surprise Factor of 60.60%. The progress of the company may be observed through the prism of EPS growth rate, while Wall Street analysts are focusing on predicting the 5-year EPS growth rate for APA.

An analysis of insider ownership at APA Corporation [APA]

There are presently around $6,640 million, or 86.90% of APA stock, in the hands of institutional investors. The top three institutional holders of APA stocks are: DODGE & COX with ownership of 52,194,876, which is approximately -0.213% of the company’s market cap and around 0.20% of the total institutional ownership; VANGUARD GROUP INC, holding 42,802,398 shares of the stock with an approximate value of $898.21 million in APA stocks shares; and HOTCHKIS & WILEY CAPITAL MANAGEMENT LLC, currently with $519.5 million in APA stock with ownership of nearly 14.714% of the company’s market capitalization.

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198 institutional holders increased their position in APA Corporation [NASDAQ:APA] by around 54,589,721 shares. Additionally, 245 investors decreased positions by around 49,101,597 shares, while 93 investors held positions by with 212,737,310 shares. The mentioned changes placed institutional holdings at 316,428,628 shares, according to the latest SEC report filing. APA stock had 73 new institutional investments in for a total of 7,695,972 shares, while 73 institutional investors sold positions of 21,895,545 shares during the same period.

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