Marathon Petroleum Corp (MPC): Today's Featured Energy Laggard

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.

Marathon Petroleum ( MPC) pushed the Energy industry lower today making it today's featured Energy laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.8%. By the end of trading, Marathon Petroleum fell $1.05 (-1.8%) to $58.11 on average volume. Throughout the day, 3.2 million shares of Marathon Petroleum exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of three million shares. The stock ranged in price between $57.51-$59.87 after having opened the day at $59.40 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $59.16. Other companies within the Energy industry that declined today were: BMB Munai ( BMBM), down 13.2%, New Concept Energy ( GBR), down 11.8%, Recovery Energy ( RECV), down 10.8%, and Longwei Petroleum Investment Holding Limite ( LPH), down 9.1%.
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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 $20.2 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of eight, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 78.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are nine 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 hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and notable return on equity. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company's profit margins have been poor overall.

On the positive front, McMoRan Exploration ( MMR), up 87%, Plains Exploration & Production Company ( PXP), up 23.4%, Cobalt International Energy ( CIE), up 18.6%, and GeoPetro Resources Company ( GPR), up 8%, were all gainers within the energy industry with Chevron ( CVX) 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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