APA - Apache Corporation

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Previous close13.52
Bid12.48 x 1400
Ask12.99 x 2900
Day's range12.75 - 13.38
52-week range3.80 - 33.77
Avg. volume21,367,538
Market cap4.82B
Beta (5Y monthly)4.66
PE ratio (TTM)N/A
Earnings dateN/A
Forward dividend & yield0.10 (0.74%)
Ex-dividend date21 Jul 2020
1y target estN/A
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    (Bloomberg Opinion) -- The first week of March felt like a monumental one in the $100 trillion global bond market. Traders were staring at chaos in seemingly every corner of the world because of the coronavirus outbreak and began bracing themselves for some turbulence.It turns out that was just the warm-up act for this past week.Just about all the measures of bond-market mayhem that I flagged six days ago have only become worse as stocks plunged into a bear market and investors slammed the panic button across asset classes. Liquidity is everyone’s top priority, and it’s as scarce as ever, even in U.S. Treasuries, supposedly the world’s deepest and most liquid bond market. Credit spreads and the cost to insure against default have exploded on investment-grade and high-yield corporate debt alike. Ten-year U.S. municipal bond yields rose by 45 basis points in a single day, the most ever. 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Traders can’t be picky with where liquidity presents itself.Just to round out evidence of the wild trading in Treasuries this week, consider the 10-year U.S. Treasury Note Volatility Index. It reached a level rivaled only by the one during financial crisis:If all goes according to the Fed’s plan, the volatility should disappear soon. The central bank will be buying $60 billion of Treasuries “across a range of maturities,” it announced Thursday, “to address highly unusual disruptions in Treasury financing markets associated with the coronavirus outbreak.” It’s unclear if that will be enough — Wall Street strategists have said a better option would be for the Treasury Department to buy back older, less-liquid securities.One likely reason the Fed acted so swiftly to calm the Treasury market’s malfunctioning is because it serves as the benchmark for so many other securities. 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And on Thursday, as Treasury yields fell, muni yields soared by a record 45 basis points, pushing the ratio to 189%, within spitting distance of its all-time high.“I don’t think anyone knows what’s going on,” Jason Appleson, a portfolio manager for PT Asset Management LLC, told Bloomberg News. One thing that money managers do know for sure: Investors wanted out of fixed-income funds this week, no matter the type:U.S. investment-grade debt funds experienced a record outflow of $7.27 billion in the week through March 11, according to Refinitiv Lipper data. Junk bond funds lost $4.94 billion and leveraged-loan funds suffered $2.07 billion of withdrawals. The combined exodus of $14.29 billion is unprecedented, exceeding last week’s record of $12.2 billion.High-yield muni funds were also particularly hit hard, with investors yanking $1.7 billion, the most since Lipper data begin in 1992.But back to leveraged loans, which have fallen off a cliff:The S&P/LSTA Leveraged Loan Price Index fell on Thursday to 88.26 cents on the dollar, the lowest in more than a decade. It’s partly for the same reasons as last week — the loans are floating-rate obligations, which are less appealing when the Fed is expected to drop interest rates to zero. Plus, they’re just risky in general, so they’ll tend to move lower with stocks.But notably, private equity firms Blackstone Group Inc. and Carlyle Group Inc. reportedly told their portfolio companies this week to do what it takes to avoid a credit crunch, including tapping lines of credit. 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The company isn’t a complete outlier: Investment-grade energy companies like Apache Corp. and Hess Corp., and even retailers like Kohl’s Corp. and Macy’s Inc., saw similarly large swings in their CDS. In a broader economic slowdown, Boeing will hardly be the only one with a deteriorating bottom line. But it's nevertheless eye-opening, and the coronavirus outbreak seems like a perfectly targeted attack. If Boeing thought it was too costly to tap the public markets back in January, when it first sought the loan, it's even more expensive now.Boeing is already facing a significant curtailment in advance payments from customers on its Max, for which it has temporarily halted production. That’s left it dependent on wide-body jets for cash flow, a precarious position to be in at a time when demand for planes capable of ferrying huge groups of people over international waters has been soft and is about to drop even more sharply. 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There were already doubts about whether Boeing could ever ramp back up to its pre-crash goal of 57 Max jets a month, even several years from now. The coronavirus will likely throw a further wrench in those plans not just for Boeing but for its supply chain. 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