Somewhat Negative Media Coverage Extremely Likely to Affect Anadarko Petroleum (APC) Stock Price

News articles about Anadarko Petroleum (NYSE:APC) have trended somewhat negative on Friday, according to InfoTrie. The research group ranks the sentiment of news coverage by monitoring more than six thousand blog and news sources in real-time. The firm ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative five to positive five, with scores closest to five being the most favorable. Anadarko Petroleum earned a media sentiment score of -1.09 on their scale. InfoTrie also gave news coverage about the oil and gas development company an news buzz score of 10 out of 10, indicating that recent news coverage is extremely likely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the near future.

Here are some of the news stories that may have effected Anadarko Petroleum’s ranking:

Shares of NYSE APC traded down $0.55 during midday trading on Friday, hitting $70.37. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 10,615,386 shares, compared to its average volume of 9,576,927. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.51, a quick ratio of 0.77 and a current ratio of 0.77. Anadarko Petroleum has a 12-month low of $40.40 and a 12-month high of $76.70. The company has a market cap of $35.48 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 31.14, a PEG ratio of 4.00 and a beta of 1.83.

Anadarko Petroleum (NYSE:APC) last released its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, April 25th. The oil and gas development company reported $0.53 EPS for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $0.30 by $0.23. The company had revenue of $3.22 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $2.91 billion. Anadarko Petroleum had a return on equity of 10.24% and a net margin of 3.53%. Anadarko Petroleum’s quarterly revenue was up 5.7% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period last year, the business posted $0.52 EPS. Sell-side analysts predict that Anadarko Petroleum will post 2.74 earnings per share for the current year.

The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Wednesday, June 26th. Shareholders of record on Wednesday, June 12th will be issued a dividend of $0.30 per share. The ex-dividend date is Tuesday, June 11th. This represents a $1.20 annualized dividend and a yield of 1.71%. Anadarko Petroleum’s payout ratio is currently 53.10%.

A number of research firms recently commented on APC. Seaport Global Securities cut Anadarko Petroleum from a “buy” rating to a “neutral” rating and set a $71.60 price objective for the company. in a research report on Wednesday. Cowen cut Anadarko Petroleum from an “outperform” rating to a “market perform” rating and upped their price target for the stock from $71.00 to $72.00 in a research report on Wednesday, May 22nd. Morgan Stanley upped their price target on Anadarko Petroleum from $60.00 to $75.00 and gave the stock an “equal weight” rating in a research report on Thursday, May 16th. Credit Suisse Group lowered Anadarko Petroleum from an “outperform” rating to a “neutral” rating in a research note on Monday, May 13th. Finally, Stifel Nicolaus lowered Anadarko Petroleum from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating and upped their price objective for the stock from $68.00 to $76.00 in a research note on Tuesday, May 7th. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, twenty-three have issued a hold rating and five have issued a buy rating to the stock. The stock currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $70.25.

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Anadarko Petroleum Company Profile

Anadarko Petroleum Corporation engages in the exploration, development, production, and marketing of oil and gas properties. It operates through three segments: Exploration and Production, WES Midstream, and Other Midstream. The company explores for and produces oil, natural gas, and natural gas liquids (NGLs).

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