Trade-Ideas LLC identified Marathon Oil ( MRO) as a pre-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 $226.5 million.
  • MRO traded 16,100 shares today in the pre-market hours as of 8:17 AM.
  • MRO is down 2.1% today from Friday's close.

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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 1.4%. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate Marathon Oil a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

The average volume for Marathon Oil has been 23.4 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Marathon Oil has a market cap of $12.1 billion and is part of the basic materials sector and energy industry. The stock has a beta of 2.36 and a short float of 5.2% with 2.23 days to cover. Shares are up 6.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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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 poor profit margins, weak operating cash flow, generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself, disappointing return on equity and feeble growth in its earnings per share.

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • The gross profit margin for MARATHON OIL CORP is currently lower than what is desirable, coming in at 29.66%. It has decreased significantly from the same period last year. Along with this, the net profit margin of -52.72% is significantly below that of the industry average.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to $74.00 million or 76.05% 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.
  • 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. When compared to other companies in the Oil, Gas & Consumable Fuels industry and the overall market, MARATHON OIL CORP's return on equity has significantly outperformed in comparison with the industry average, but has underperformed when compared to that of the S&P 500.
  • Despite any intermediate fluctuations, we have only bad news to report on this stock's performance over the last year: it has tumbled by 46.66%, worse than the S&P 500's performance. Consistent with the plunge in the stock price, the company's earnings per share are down 36.58% 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's earnings per share declined by 36.6% in the most recent quarter compared to 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 (-$1.20 versus -$3.26).

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