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

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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 up 0.3%. By the end of trading, Marathon Petroleum rose $1.27 (1.6%) to $80.55 on average volume. Throughout the day, 2.9 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 $78.33-$80.66 after having opened the day at $79.39 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $79.28. Other companies within the Energy industry that increased today were: Houston American Energy Corporation ( HUSA), up 22.7%, GMX Resources ( GMXR), up 12.2%, HyperDynamics Corporation ( HDY), up 8.4%, and Recovery Energy ( RECV), up 6.8%.
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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 $27.65 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 8.3, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 29.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are nine analysts that rate Marathon Petroleum a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and two rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Marathon Petroleum as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its notable return on equity, revenue growth and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company's profit margins have been poor overall.

On the negative front, CKX Lands ( CKX), down 15.1%, Global Geophysical Services ( GGS), down 13.9%, Recon Technology ( RCON), down 8.5%, and Gasco Energy ( GSX), down 8.3%, were all laggards within the energy industry with Suncor Energy ( SU) 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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