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 Petroleum

(

MPC

) pushed the Energy industry higher today making it today's featured energy winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 1.3%. By the end of trading, Marathon Petroleum rose $1.09 (2.2%) to $50.81 on average volume. Throughout the day, three million shares of Marathon Petroleum exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.4 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $49.15-$50.99 after having opened the day at $49.50 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $49.72. Other companies within the Energy industry that increased today were:

BP Prudhoe Bay Royalty

(

BPT

), up 16.6%,

Zion Oil & Gas

(

ZN

), up 9.8%,

Recovery Energy

(

RECV

), up 5.3%, and

Double Eagle Petroleum Company

(

DBLE

), up 3.4%.

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Marathon Petroleum Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, engages in refining, transporting, and marketing petroleum products primarily in the United States. Marathon Petroleum has a market cap of $16.86 billion and is part of the

basic materials

sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 7.1, equal to the average energy industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 49.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are eight analysts that rate Marathon Petroleum a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and one rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Marathon Petroleum as a

sell

. Among the areas we feel are negative, one of the most important has been poor profit margins.

On the negative front,

BPZ Resources

(

BPZ

), down 10.1%,

North American Energy Partners Incorporate

(

NOA

), down 8.4%,

Magnum Hunter Resources

(

MHR

), down 6.9%, and

GeoPetro Resources Company

(

GPR

), down 6.6%, were all laggards within the energy industry with

Occidental Petroleum Corporation

(

OXY

) 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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