4-Star Stocks Poised to Pop: Marathon Oil

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Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, oil and gas company Marathon Oil (NYS: MRO) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

With that in mind, let's take a closer look at Marathon's business and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.

Marathon facts

Headquarters (founded)Houston (1887)
Market Cap$17.8 billion
IndustryOil and gas exploration and production
Trailing-12-Month Revenue$14.8 billion
ManagementChairman/CEO Clarence Cazalot
CFO Janet Clark
Return on Equity (average, past 3 years)7.4%
Cash/Debt$655.0 million / $4.8 billion
Dividend Yield2.7%
CompetitorsChevron
ExxonMobil

Sources: S&P Capital IQ and Motley Fool CAPS.

On CAPS, 96% of the 1,695 members who have rated Marathon believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.   

A few months ago, one of those Fools, JohnStuartMill, succinctly summed up the bull case for our community: "Now that the downstream business is gone, the upstream projects will drive this stock both internationally and domestically (looking to hit 35 rigs in the US onshore by the end of September). And Libya's operations are coming back too."

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