Editor's Note: TheStreet ratings do not represent the views of TheStreet's staff or its contributors. Ratings are established by computer based on metrics for performance (which includes growth, stock performance, efficiency and valuation) and risk (volatility and solvency). Companies with poor cash flow or high debt levels tend to earn lower ratings in our model

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Marathon Oil

(

MRO

) pushed the Energy industry higher today making it today's featured energy winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.2%. By the end of trading, Marathon Oil rose 66 cents (2.4%) to $27.68 on average volume. Throughout the day, 9.4 million shares of Marathon Oil exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7.4 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $26.83-$27.71 after having opened the day at $26.87 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $27.02. Other companies within the Energy industry that increased today were:

Sonde Resources

(

SOQ

), up 8.6%,

Gasco Energy

(

GSX

), up 7.8%,

Recon Technology

(

RCON

), up 6.4%, and

Lone Pine Resources

(

LPR

), up 5.2%.

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Marathon Oil Corporation operates as an energy company worldwide. The company operates in three segments: Exploration and Production, Oil Sands Mining, and Integrated Gas. Marathon Oil has a market cap of $19.44 billion and is part of the

basic materials

sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 11, equal to the average energy industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 7.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are nine analysts that rate Marathon Oil a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and seven rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Marathon Oil as a

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, attractive valuation levels and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income and weak operating cash flow.

On the negative front,

Ferrellgas Partners

(

FGP

), down 11.1%,

Hugoton Royalty

(

HGT

), down 9.3%,

TGC Industries

(

TGE

), down 7.7%, and

Syntroleum Corporation

(

SYNM

), down 6.8%, were all laggards within the energy industry with

Canadian Natural Resources

(

CNQ

) being today's energy industry laggard.

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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