Apache Corporation ( APA Quick Quote APA - Free Report) is scheduled to release third-quarter 2020 results on Wednesday Nov 4, after the closing bell. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for the to-be-reported quarter’s loss is 37 cents per share and for revenues is $979.79 million. Against this backdrop, let’s delve into the factors that might have impacted the company’s performance in the September quarter. Factors at Play Apache boasts a large geographically diversified reserve base with multi-year trends in reserve replacement. The company’s high-quality drilling inventory with greater resource potential might have enabled it to deliver a decent per share growth rate in the third quarter. This, in turn, is expected to have lent its portfolio a solid competitive edge. In the last reported quarter, Apache’s average realized natural gas price increased to $1.68 per thousand cubic feet (Mcf) from $1.41 in the year-ago period. This uptrend is likely to have continued in the third quarter too. Notably, the Zacks Consensus Estimate for third-quarter average realized natural gas price stands at $1.82 per Mcf, indicating a 9.6% rise from the year-ago reported figure of $1.66 per Mcf. However, the average realized crude oil price during the second quarter was $25.77 per barrel, down 60% from the year-ago realization of $63.71, a trend that most likely continued in the third quarter as well. Precisely, the Zacks Consensus Estimate for third-quarter average crude price realization stands at $40.21, indicating a 31.8% fall from the year-ago reported figure of $59. What Does Our Model Say? Our proven model does not conclusively predict an earnings beat for Apache this season. The combination of a positive Earnings ESPand a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy), 2 (Buy) or 3 (Hold) increases the chances of beating estimates. But that’s not the case here. You can uncover the best stocks to buy or sell before they’re reported with our . Earnings ESP Filter Earnings ESP: Apache has an Earnings ESP of -11.93%. Zacks Rank: Apache carries a Zacks Rank #3, currently. You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank stocks here. Highlights of Q2 Earnings & Surprise Record In the last reported quarter, Apache posted a loss per share — excluding one-time items — of 74 cents, narrower than the Zacks Consensus Estimate of a loss of 99 cents. This better-than-expected result is led by higher-than-anticipated production volumes. Precisely, the average daily production came in at 435,448 barrels of oil-equivalent per day (BOE/d), beating the Zacks Consensus Estimate of 428,000 BOE/d. However, the bottom line came against the year-ago quarter’s earnings of 11 cents per share due to weak oil price realizations. Although revenues of $752 million outpaced the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $701 million, the same fell 53.1% from the year-ago quarter’s sales of $1.60 billion. As far as earnings surprises are concerned, this oil and gas producer’s bottom line beat the Zacks Consensus Estimate in three of the trailing four quarters and missed the mark on one occasion, the average surprise being 93.63%. This is depicted in the graph below: Stocks to Consider While earnings outperformance looks uncertain for Apache, here are some firms worth considering from the energy space, which according to our model have the perfect combination of ingredients to deliver a positive surprise this reporting cycle: Marathon Oil Corporation ( MRO Quick Quote MRO - Free Report) has an Earnings ESP of +1.50% and is Zacks #3 Ranked at present. The company is scheduled to release earnings on Nov 4. NuStar Energy L.P. ( NS Quick Quote NS - Free Report) has an Earnings ESP of +2.94% and a Zacks Rank #2, presently. The firm is scheduled to release earnings on Nov 5. Targa Resources, Inc. ( TRGP Quick Quote TRGP - Free Report) has an Earnings ESP of +33.33% and a Zacks Rank of 3, currently. The company is scheduled to release earnings on Nov 5. Have You Seen Zacks’ 2020 Election Stock Report? The upcoming election could be a massive buying opportunity for savvy investors. Trillions of dollars will shift into new market sectors after the election. The question is, which sectors will soar for each candidate? Zacks has put together a new special report to help readers like you target big profits. The 2020 Election Stock Report reveals specific stocks you’ll want to own immediately after the results are announced – 6 if Trump wins, 6 if Biden wins. Past election reports have led investors to gains of +71%, +83%, even +185% in the following months. This year’s picks could be even more lucrative.
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