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

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Marathon Oil ( MRO) pushed the Energy industry higher today making it today's featured energy winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.4%. By the end of trading, Marathon Oil rose $0.59 (1.8%) to $33.29 on average volume. Throughout the day, 5,187,568 shares of Marathon Oil exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5,411,100 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $32.85-$33.35 after having opened the day at $32.95 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $32.70. Other companies within the Energy industry that increased today were: Recon Technology ( RCON), up 12.9%, Saratoga Resources ( SARA), up 8.6%, Matador Resources ( MTDR), up 7.3% and Energy XXI ( EXXI), up 7.0%.

Marathon Oil Corporation operates as an energy company worldwide. Marathon Oil has a market cap of $22.5 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 7.4% 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 4 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 increase in net income and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself.

On the negative front, Midcoast Energy Partners ( MEP), down 9.4%, Ivanhoe Energy ( IVAN), down 9.1%, Dawson Geophysical Company ( DWSN), down 6.3% and KiOR ( KIOR), down 5.8% , were all laggards within the energy industry with Williams Companies ( WMB) 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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