Unusual Call Option Trade in Apache (APA) Worth $142.50K

On April 17, 2023 at 14:35:02 ET an unusually large $142.50K block of Call contracts in Apache (APA) was sold, with a strike price of $42.50 / share, expiring in 32 day(s) (on May 19, 2023). Fintel tracks all large options trades, and the premium spent on this trade was 1.36 sigmas above the mean, placing it in the 84.91th percentile of all recent large trades made in APA options.

This trade was first picked up on Fintel's real time Unusual Option Trades tool, where unusual option trades are highlighted.

What is the Fund Sentiment?

There are 1455 funds or institutions reporting positions in Apache. This is an increase of 65 owner(s) or 4.68% in the last quarter. Average portfolio weight of all funds dedicated to APA is 0.31%, an increase of 24.04%. Total shares owned by institutions decreased in the last three months by 5.12% to 287,455K shares. APA / Apache Corp. Put/Call Ratios The put/call ratio of APA is 0.81, indicating a bullish outlook.

Analyst Price Forecast Suggests 22.26% Upside

As of April 7, 2023, the average one-year price target for Apache is $49.86. The forecasts range from a low of $33.33 to a high of $67.20. The average price target represents an increase of 22.26% from its latest reported closing price of $40.78.

See our leaderboard of companies with the largest price target upside.

The projected annual revenue for Apache is $9,769MM, a decrease of 10.87%. The projected annual non-GAAP EPS is $9.61.

What are Other Shareholders Doing?

APA / Apache Corp. Shares Held by Institutions

Schonfeld Strategic Advisors holds 28K shares representing 0.01% ownership of the company. In it's prior filing, the firm reported owning 121K shares, representing a decrease of 330.87%. The firm decreased its portfolio allocation in APA by 68.49% over the last quarter.

IENAX - INVESCO Energy Fund holds 250K shares representing 0.08% ownership of the company. In it's prior filing, the firm reported owning 511K shares, representing a decrease of 104.35%. The firm decreased its portfolio allocation in APA by 52.55% over the last quarter.

AVUSX - Avantis U.S. Equity Fund Institutional Class holds 12K shares representing 0.00% ownership of the company. In it's prior filing, the firm reported owning 2K shares, representing an increase of 82.92%. The firm increased its portfolio allocation in APA by 535.81% over the last quarter.

LINCOLN VARIABLE INSURANCE PRODUCTS TRUST - LVIP SSGA S&P 500 Index Fund Standard Class holds 95K shares representing 0.03% ownership of the company. No change in the last quarter.

Macquarie Group holds 1,683K shares representing 0.54% ownership of the company. In it's prior filing, the firm reported owning 874K shares, representing an increase of 48.06%. The firm increased its portfolio allocation in APA by 153.12% over the last quarter.

Apache Declares $0.25 Dividend

On February 3, 2023 the company declared a regular quarterly dividend of $0.25 per share ($1.00 annualized). Shareholders of record as of April 21, 2023 will receive the payment on May 22, 2023. Previously, the company paid $0.25 per share.

At the current share price of $40.78 / share, the stock's dividend yield is 2.45%. Looking back five years and taking a sample every week, the average dividend yield has been 1.95%, the lowest has been 0.36%, and the highest has been 5.12%. The standard deviation of yields is 1.22 (n=235).

The current dividend yield is 0.41 standard deviations above the historical average.

Additionally, the company's dividend payout ratio is 0.08. The payout ratio tells us how much of a company's income is paid out in dividends. A payout ratio of one (1.0) means 100% of the company's income is paid in a dividend. A payout ratio greater than one means the company is dipping into savings in order to maintain its dividend - not a healthy situation. Companies with few growth prospects are expected to pay out most of their income in dividends, which typically means a payout ratio between 0.5 and 1.0. Companies with good growth prospects are expected to retain some earnings in order to invest in those growth prospects, which translates to a payout ratio of zero to 0.5.

The company's 3-Year dividend growth rate is 9.00%, demonstrating that it has increased its dividend over time.

APA Background Information
(This description is provided by the company.)

APA Corporation, through its consolidated subsidiaries, explores for and produces oil and gas with operations in the United States, Egypt and the United Kingdom and exploration activities offshore Suriname.

See all Apache regulatory filings.

This story originally appeared on Fintel.

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