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 0.6%. By the end of trading, Marathon Petroleum rose $1.77 (2.0%) to $89.89 on average volume. Throughout the day, 4,707,383 shares of Marathon Petroleum exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3,737,900 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $87.72-$91.08 after having opened the day at $88.13 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $88.12. Other companies within the Energy industry that increased today were: GulfMark Offshore ( GLF), up 6.7%, Recon Technology ( RCON), up 5.4%, Carrizo Oil & Gas ( CRZO), up 5.3% and Earthstone Energy ( ESTE), up 5.1%.

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 $26.3 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 3.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. 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 buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, attractive valuation levels and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

On the negative front, Jones Energy Inc Class A ( JONE), down 13.6%, MagneGas Corporation ( MNGA), down 9.3%, Ivanhoe Energy ( IVAN), down 8.7% and Rosetta Resources ( ROSE), down 8.0% , were all laggards within the energy industry with Halliburton Company ( HAL) 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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