Will This Ratings Downgrade Hurt Marathon Oil (MRO) Stock Today?

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Marathon Oil Corp. (MRO) was downgraded to "market perform" from "outperform" at Wells Fargo (WFC) on Friday, based on a valuation call.

The firm set a price target of $38-$41, down from $38-$42 on the international energy company.

Shares of Marathon Oil are lower by -0.13% to $39.10 in pre-market trading this morning.

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Separately, TheStreet Ratings team rates MARATHON OIL CORP as a Buy with a ratings score of B+. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

"We rate MARATHON OIL CORP (MRO) a BUY. This is driven by several positive factors, which we believe should have a greater impact than any weaknesses, and should give investors a better performance opportunity than most stocks we cover. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its compelling growth in net income, attractive valuation levels, expanding profit margins, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow."

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