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I have not used BI, but I have been reading about it and following this board for a few months. I work at an Oil & Gas company and know a little about the industry (not being modest, I really only know a little). So my comments may be more about the industry than about BI.

Apache has a good reputation in the industry as an Exploration & Production company (E&P). E&P companies (also called upstream) do well when oil and gas prices are high and poorly when prices are low. On the other hand, downstream companies (companies that refine petroleum and/or sell gasoline) tend to do better when oil and gas prices are falling. Integrated companies (that have both upstream and downstream) try to optimize results in high and lower price environments. If all of this is true, then Apache should do well while oil and gas prices are high or until it is bought by another company (there has been a lot of consoldiation in the industry).

What struck me as odd by one of the comments in this thread were the target prices listed for APA in the future. Another oil & gas company was featured in past months with outrageously high upside prices through the BI calculations. I know that this company would never attain those prices (it is financially impossible given the way that oil companies are valued). Therefore I wonder if APA's BI numbers might also be erroneous. Is it possible that BI does not work in certain industries?
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