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Marathon Oil Corp (MRO): Today's Featured Energy Laggard

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Marathon Oil ( MRO) pushed the Energy industry lower today making it today's featured Energy laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.3%. By the end of trading, Marathon Oil fell $0.39 (-1.1%) to $36.41 on light volume. Throughout the day, 3,418,583 shares of Marathon Oil exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4,726,000 shares. The stock ranged in price between $36.25-$36.76 after having opened the day at $36.58 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $36.80. Other companies within the Energy industry that declined today were: Basic Energy Services ( BAS), down 11.3%, Camac Energy ( CAK), down 7.2%, Forum Energy Technologies ( FET), down 6.2% and CKX Lands ( CKX), down 6.1%.

Marathon Oil Corporation operates as an energy company worldwide. Marathon Oil has a market cap of $26.1 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are up 20.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 12 analysts that rate Marathon Oil a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Marathon Oil as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, attractive valuation levels, expanding profit margins and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

On the positive front, Samson Oil & Gas ( SSN), up 12.2%, Phillips 66 Partners ( PSXP), up 9.9%, Houston American Energy Corporation ( HUSA), up 8.3% and SandRidge Mississippian Trust II ( SDR), up 6.8% , were all gainers within the energy industry with Chesapeake Energy ( CHK) being today's featured energy industry leader.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the energy industry could consider Energy Select Sector SPDR ( XLE) while those bearish on the energy industry could consider Proshares Short Oil & Gas ( DDG).

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