Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, petroleum refiner Marathon Petroleum has earned a coveted five-star ranking.
With that in mind, let's take a closer look at Marathon and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.
Oil and gas refining and marketing
CEO Gary Heminger (since 2011)
Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years)
$3.4 billion / $3.4 billion
Sources: S&P Capital IQ and Motley Fool CAPS.
On CAPS, 98% of the 168 members who have rated Marathon believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.
I just listened to the recent Credit Suisse presentation (Feb. 6 2013) by Gary Heminger, CEO. He asserted that although [Marathon] had quite a good year last year and the stock experienced a significant run up, he believes there is more value and growth in store for 2013. ... Heminger also projects continued share repurchases thru 2013 and a growing dividend.
Heminger mentioned that [Marathon] will be well positioned for the expected Utica Shale drilling, projected to ramp up in mid 2013. ... I am cautiously optimistic that we will see an increase in the stock price while the US energy sector enjoys its prosperity in the next several years.
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