Marathon Oil Corp (MRO): Today's Featured Energy Laggard

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Marathon Oil ( MRO) pushed the Energy industry lower today making it today's featured Energy laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.1%. By the end of trading, Marathon Oil fell $0.41 (-1.1%) to $35.57 on average volume. Throughout the day, 5,129,341 shares of Marathon Oil exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5,270,300 shares. The stock ranged in price between $35.49-$36.35 after having opened the day at $36.17 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $35.98. Other companies within the Energy industry that declined today were: MagneGas Corporation ( MNGA), down 7.1%, Ivanhoe Energy ( IVAN), down 6.8%, Midstates Petroleum ( MPO), down 6.6% and KiOR ( KIOR), down 6.1%.

Marathon Oil Corporation operates as an energy company worldwide. Marathon Oil has a market cap of $25.9 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are up 19.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 11 analysts that rate Marathon Oil a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 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, solid stock price performance, attractive valuation levels, expanding profit margins and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity.

On the positive front, Sonde Resources ( SOQ), up 10.1%, New Concept Energy ( GBR), up 8.0%, Carbo Ceramics ( CRR), up 7.9% and Eagle Rock Energy Partners ( EROC), up 7.3% , were all gainers within the energy industry with Williams Companies ( WMB) 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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