4 Stocks Pushing The Energy Industry Lower

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Two out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 57 points (-0.4%) at 13,942 as of Monday, Feb. 25, 2013, 12:05 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,301 issues advancing vs. 1,576 declining with 144 unchanged.

The Energy industry currently sits down 0.4% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.3%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Tenaris ( TS), down 1.5%, Royal Dutch Shell ( RDS.B), down 1.0% and Anadarko Petroleum ( APC), down 0.8%. Top gainers within the industry include Occidental Petroleum Corporation ( OXY), up 1.0%, Ecopetrol S.A ( EC), up 0.9% and Total ( TOT), up 0.5%.

TheStreet Ratings group would like to highlight 4 stocks pushing the industry lower today:

4. Marathon Oil ( MRO) is one of the companies pushing the Energy industry lower today. As of noon trading, Marathon Oil is down $0.72 (-2.1%) to $33.98 on average volume Thus far, 2.3 million shares of Marathon Oil exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $33.97-$34.96 after having opened the day at $34.94 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $34.71.

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 $24.3 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 14.0, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 12.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 12 analysts that rate Marathon Oil a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 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, expanding profit margins and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Marathon Oil Ratings Report now.

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