Trade-Ideas LLC identified Marathon Oil ( MRO) as a post-market laggard candidate. In addition to specific proprietary factors, Trade-Ideas identified Marathon Oil as such a stock due to the following factors:

  • MRO has an average dollar-volume (as measured by average daily share volume multiplied by share price) of $302.0 million.
  • MRO is down 2.2% today from today's close.

EXCLUSIVE OFFER: Get the inside scoop on opportunities in MRO with the Ticky from Trade-Ideas. See the FREE profile for MRO NOW at Trade-Ideas More details on MRO: Marathon Oil Corporation operates as an energy company. It operates through three segments: North America E&P, International E&P, and Oil Sands Mining. The stock currently has a dividend yield of 1.5%. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate Marathon Oil a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold. The average volume for Marathon Oil has been 36.4 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Marathon Oil has a market cap of $9.2 billion and is part of the basic materials sector and energy industry. The stock has a beta of 2.39 and a short float of 6.3% with 1.91 days to cover. Shares are up 1.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. EXCLUSIVE OFFER: See inside Jim Cramer's multi-million dollar charitable trust portfolio to see the stocks he thinks could be potential winners. Click here to see his holdings for 14-days FREE. TheStreetRatings.com Analysis: TheStreet Quant Ratings rates Marathon Oil as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity, weak operating cash flow, generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself and feeble growth in its earnings per share. Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • The company, on the basis of change in net income from the same quarter one year ago, has significantly underperformed when compared to that of the S&P 500 and the Oil, Gas & Consumable Fuels industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 185.6% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $926.00 million to -$793.00 million.
  • Return on equity has greatly decreased when compared to its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a signal of major weakness within the corporation. Compared to other companies in the Oil, Gas & Consumable Fuels industry and the overall market on the basis of return on equity, MARATHON OIL CORP underperformed against that of the industry average and is significantly less than that of the S&P 500.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to $352.00 million or 69.52% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing the cash generation rate to the industry average, the firm's growth is significantly lower.
  • Despite any intermediate fluctuations, we have only bad news to report on this stock's performance over the last year: it has tumbled by 53.29%, worse than the S&P 500's performance. Consistent with the plunge in the stock price, the company's earnings per share are down 735.71% compared to the year-earlier quarter. Turning toward the future, the fact that the stock has come down in price over the past year should not necessarily be interpreted as a negative; it could be one of the factors that may help make the stock attractive down the road. Right now, however, we believe that it is too soon to buy.
  • MARATHON OIL CORP has experienced a steep decline in earnings per share in the most recent quarter in comparison to its performance from the same quarter a year ago. The company has reported a trend of declining earnings per share over the past two years. However, the consensus estimate suggests that this trend should reverse in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, MARATHON OIL CORP swung to a loss, reporting -$3.26 versus $1.41 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings (-$1.16 versus -$3.26).

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