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 down 0.1%. By the end of trading, Marathon Petroleum rose $1.53 (2.0%) to $79.38 on average volume. Throughout the day, 2,848,086 shares of Marathon Petroleum exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3,759,200 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $77.87-$80.31 after having opened the day at $77.91 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $77.85. Other companies within the Energy industry that increased today were: New Concept Energy ( GBR), up 25.7%, Cal Dive International ( DVR), up 19.4%, YPF Sociedad Anonima ( YPF), up 9.3% and Endeavour International ( END), up 7.6%.
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Marathon Petroleum Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, engages in refining, transporting, and marketing petroleum products primarily in the United States. It operates through Refining & Marketing, Speedway, and Pipeline Transportation segments. Marathon Petroleum has a market cap of $24.8 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 7.4, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 23.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate Marathon Petroleum a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 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 revenue growth, solid stock price performance and impressive record of earnings per share growth. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company's profit margins have been poor overall.

On the negative front, Cubic Energy ( QBC), down 17.3%, TransAtlantic Petroleum ( TAT), down 9.6%, Global Geophysical Services ( GGS), down 7.5% and PrimeEnergy ( PNRG), down 5.5% , were all laggards within the energy industry with Schlumberger ( SLB) being today's energy industry laggard.

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