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 0.3%. By the end of trading, Marathon Oil fell $0.44 (-1.3%) to $34.60 on average volume. Throughout the day, 6,518,706 shares of Marathon Oil exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5,206,800 shares. The stock ranged in price between $34.26-$34.89 after having opened the day at $34.83 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $35.04. Other companies within the Energy industry that declined today were: GeoPetro Resources Company ( GPR), down 25.0%, Andatee China Marine Fuel Services Corporat ( AMCF), down 11.1%, Memorial Production Partners ( MEMP), down 5.4% and Blackhawk Network Holdings ( HAWK), down 4.4%.

Marathon Oil Corporation operates as an energy company worldwide. Marathon Oil has a market cap of $25.2 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are up 16.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. 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, ZaZa Energy ( ZAZA), up 30.0%, Global Geophysical Services ( GGS), up 7.0%, Oiltanking Partners ( OILT), up 7.0% and Genie Energy Ltd Class B ( GNE), up 6.9% , were all gainers within the energy industry with Halliburton Company ( HAL) 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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