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

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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 0.6%. By the end of trading, Marathon Petroleum fell $1.56 (-2.1%) to $72.10 on average volume. Throughout the day, 2,413,263 shares of Marathon Petroleum exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3,114,300 shares. The stock ranged in price between $72.05-$74.35 after having opened the day at $73.88 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $73.66. Other companies within the Energy industry that declined today were: KiOR ( KIOR), down 9.9%, Gastar Exploration ( GST), down 8.7%, Constellation Energy Partners ( CEP), down 7.4% and Lone Pine Resources ( LPR), down 7.3%.

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 $23.0 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are up 16.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate Marathon Petroleum a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Marathon Petroleum as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, attractive valuation levels, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

On the positive front, Andatee China Marine Fuel Services Corporat ( AMCF), up 12.8%, Ring Energy ( REI), up 7.4%, Ring Energy ( RNGE), up 7.4% and Petroleo Brasileiro SA Petrobras ( PBR.A), up 6.5% , were all gainers within the energy industry with Petroleo Brasileiro SA Petrobras ( PBR) 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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