Marathon Petroleum Corp Stock Hold Recommendation Reiterated (MPC)
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- When compared to other companies in the Oil, Gas & Consumable Fuels industry and the overall market, MARATHON PETROLEUM CORP's return on equity exceeds that of the industry average and significantly exceeds that of the S&P 500.
- The revenue growth came in higher than the industry average of 4.4%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 6.3%. Growth in the company's revenue appears to have helped boost the earnings per share.
- MPC's debt-to-equity ratio is very low at 0.28 and is currently below that of the industry average, implying that there has been very successful management of debt levels.
- MARATHON PETROLEUM CORP reported significant earnings per share improvement in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. The company has demonstrated a pattern of positive earnings per share growth over the past year. However, we anticipate underperformance relative to this pattern in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, MARATHON PETROLEUM CORP increased its bottom line by earning $9.91 versus $5.19 in the prior year. For the next year, the market is expecting a contraction of 0.6% in earnings ($9.85 versus $9.91).
- The gross profit margin for MARATHON PETROLEUM CORP is currently extremely low, coming in at 9.00%. Regardless of MPC's low profit margin, it has managed to increase from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, the net profit margin of 3.92% trails the industry average.
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