Will Apache Earnings Finally Meet Expectations?

The last three quarters have been misses for Apache (NYSE: APA  ) , so investors will have their eyes and ears open on Thursday when the company releases its fourth-quarter 2012 results. Over the last few years, shareholders have seen the value of their investment in Apache erode as the company has heavily concentrated its efforts on acquisitions. The majority of these have yet to bear fruit, but that could be set to change.

As a result, the company is trading at a steep discount to peers like EOG Resources (NYSE: EOG  ) and Anadarko Petroleum (NYSE: APC  ) . With very little to be overly excited about from the last quarter, Fool energy analyst Taylor Muckerman doesn't expect anything better than Apache meeting expectations. As for the long term? Tune into the video below.

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Taylor Muckerman

Taylor is an Associate GM in our Fool International operations. Prior to that he covered all things Energy + Materials as an analyst. Over the years, he has built an investing skill set to rely on when evaluating companies inside and out. While at the Fool, he has made appearances on CNBC and Fox Business. In addition, he completed his MBA at the University of Maryland and will sit for the Level II CFA Exam.

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