For APA Corporation [APA], Analyst sees a rise to $52. What next?

APA Corporation [NASDAQ: APA] surged by $1.14 during the normal trading session on Monday and reaching a high of $33.14 during the day while it closed the day at $32.88. The company report on March 1, 2023 that APA Corporation Announces 2023 ESG Goals.

“Our ESG goals are ambitious and underpin a strategy to concentrate efforts around the areas where we can have the most beneficial and direct impact: air, water, and communities and people,” said John J. Christmann IV, APA’s CEO and president. “As we rise to the challenge of providing affordable and reliable products to meet the world’s energy demand, APA will strive to always do so in a safe, responsible and sustainable manner.”.

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APA Corporation stock has also loss -4.75% of its value over the past 7 days. However, APA stock has declined by -27.01% in the 3 months of the year. Over the past six months meanwhile, it has lost -18.73% and lost -29.56% year-on date.

The market cap for APA stock reached $10.57 billion, with 311.00 million shares outstanding and 308.44 million shares in the current float. Compared to the average trading volume of 5.76M shares, APA reached a trading volume of 6310518 in the most recent trading day, which is why market watchdogs consider the stock to be active.

Here’s what leading stock market gurus have to say 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 $51.38 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 2.30. 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.

Wells Fargo have made an estimate for APA Corporation shares, keeping their opinion on the stock as Overweight, with their previous recommendation back on January 25, 2023. While these analysts kept the previous recommendation, Morgan Stanley dropped their target price from $52 to $44. The new note on the price target was released on January 24, 2023, representing the official price target for APA Corporation stock. Previously, the target price had yet another drop from $52 to $48, while Mizuho kept a Underperform rating on APA stock.

The Average True Range (ATR) for APA Corporation is set at 1.78, with the Price to Sales ratio for APA stock in the period of the last 12 months amounting to 0.95. The Price to Book ratio for the last quarter was 24.18, with the Price to Cash per share for the same quarter was set at 0.76. Price to Free Cash Flow for APA in the course of the last twelve months was 2.25 with Quick ratio for the last quarter at 0.80.

APA stock trade performance evaluation

APA Corporation [APA] fell into the red zone at the end of the last week, falling into a negative trend and dropping by -4.75. With this latest performance, APA shares dropped by -18.09% in over the last four-week period, additionally sinking by -18.73% over the last 6 months – not to mention a drop of -16.61% 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 32.31, with the RSI for the last a single of trading hit 31.39, and the three-weeks RSI is set at 34.32 for APA Corporation [APA]. The present Moving Average for the last 50 days of trading for this stock 40.88, while it was recorded at 32.86 for the last single week of trading, and 40.70 for the last 200 days.

APA Corporation [APA]: An insightful look at the core fundamentals

Operating Margin for any stock indicates how profitable investing would be, and APA Corporation [APA] shares currently have an operating margin of +45.89 and a Gross Margin at +52.67. APA Corporation’s Net Margin is presently recorded at +33.17.

APA Corporation’s liquidity data is similarly interesting compelling, with a Quick Ratio of 0.80 and a Current Ratio set at 0.90.

Earnings per share (EPS) analysis for APA Corporation [APA] stock

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. When it comes to the mentioned value, analysts are expecting to see the 5-year EPS growth rate for APA Corporation go to 14.07%.

APA Corporation [APA]: Insider Ownership positions

There are presently around $8,219 million, or 82.40% of APA stock, in the hands of institutional investors. The top three institutional holders of APA stocks are: VANGUARD GROUP INC with ownership of 40,613,224, which is approximately -0.144% of the company’s market cap and around 0.44% of the total institutional ownership; BLACKROCK INC., holding 26,452,031 shares of the stock with an approximate value of $869.74 million in APA stocks shares; and STATE STREET CORP, currently with $730.27 million in APA stock with ownership of nearly -1.508% of the company’s market capitalization.

371 institutional holders increased their position in APA Corporation [NASDAQ:APA] by around 20,899,985 shares. Additionally, 311 investors decreased positions by around 33,127,514 shares, while 115 investors held positions by with 195,934,785 shares. The mentioned changes placed institutional holdings at 249,962,284 shares, according to the latest SEC report filing. APA stock had 143 new institutional investments in for a total of 7,773,443 shares, while 68 institutional investors sold positions of 7,712,278 shares during the same period.


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