5-Star Stocks Poised to Pop: Marathon Oil
Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, energy company Marathon Oil (NYS: MRO) has earned a coveted five-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.
|Headquarters (founded)||Houston (1887)|
|Market Cap||$20 billion|
|Industry||Oil and gas exploration and production|
|Trailing-12-Month Revenue||$69.9 billion|
|Management||Chairman/CEO Clarence Cazalot Jr.|
CFO Janet Clark
|Return on Equity (average, past 3 years)||7.6%|
|Cash/Debt||$4.86 billion / $5.04 billion|
|Competitors||Chevron (NYS: CVX) |
EOG Resources (NYS: EOG)
ExxonMobil (NYS: XOM)
Sources: S&P Capital IQ and Motley Fool CAPS.
In fact, Marathon Oil sports a particularly paltry P/E of 6.6. That represents a discount to competitors such as Chevron (7.7), EOG (26.9), and Exxon (9.8).
CAPS member callumturcan elaborates on the Marathon bull case:
The split will increase productivity and efficiency as the separate companies can focus more on their respective business. The company is also poised to profit from the booming shale plays (Niobrara, Eagle Ford Shale, Bakken Shale) as they increase production and purchase up more land and from the rising cost of oil in general due to booming 3rd world economies and population growth. ... This stock should appreciate in price because not only is it undervalued, but it also has good growth potential.
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