Marathon Oil Corp

  • Does This Oil Major Offer Investors Enough?

    By Bob Ciura - August 19, 2013 | Tickers: CVX, COP, MRO

    The markets are near historic highs, and interest rates are still near historic lows. As a result, many financial pundits fear that the market has gotten ahead of itself and is ripe for a pullback.

    If that’s the case, then investors could use a dose of slow-and-steady profits with the added safety of a strong dividend. If you’re an investor on the lookout for a stock that admittedly more »

  • Build a Stronger Portfolio With These Oil and Gas Companies

    By Madhukar Dubey - August 5, 2013 | Tickers: CHK, XCO, MRO

    The global oil and gas exploration and production industry is expected to generate revenue of $4.5 trillion this year with a CAGR of around 1.35% from 2008 to 2013. The companies in this industry are trying hard to improve efficiency and acquire key oil and gas rich areas to raise their production. Three companies are aiming to improve their drilling and exploration techniques in order to enhance their more »

  • Marathon Oil Looks Interesting After the Block 31 Divestment

    By Anh HOANG - July 22, 2013 | Tickers: APA, XOM, MRO

    Since the middle of April, the price of Marathon Oil (NYSE: MRO) has moved up significantly on the market, from around $29.80 per share to nearly $37.50 per share at the time of writing. The company also announced it was buying back its shares with the proceeds from the sale of Block 31 offshore of Angola. Is Marathon Oil a good buy for investors after the recent divestment more »

  • Consider Playing Oil Through This Copper Company

    By Sammy Pollack - July 11, 2013 | Tickers: COP, FCX, MRO

    As oil prices continue to rise, investors looking to play the move should consider Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold (NYSE: FCX). For most of its history, Freeport had been considered a pure-play copper company with a little bit of gold exposure. However, that all changed when Freeport announced plans to buy McMoran Exploration and Plains Petroleum for a combined total of $9 billion.   

    The initial reaction to the deal was quite negative more »

  • Increasing Production From These Oil and Gas Producers Could Produce Returns for You

    By Madhukar Dubey - July 9, 2013 | Tickers: MRO, NBL, PXD

    The Energy Information Administration, in its most recent outlook, said that it expects global oil demand to grow by 0.9 million and 1.2 million barrels per day in 2013 and 2014 respectively. Considering the increase in demand for oil, the producers are constantly exploring new avenues to increase production. Moreover, due to uncertainty in the Middle-east, oil and gas production is shifting towards North America and several other more »

  • Marathon Oil: A Long-Term Value Creator

    By Anjum Khan - July 2, 2013 | Tickers: CVE, EOG, MRO, NBL

    Marathon Oil recently announced the sale of its 10% stake in certain offshore operations in the African nation of Angola for $1.5 billion. The company intends to use the cash for share buybacks. This is just another step towards shareholder value creation. This article discusses the current undervaluation of Marathon and the reasons to buy this long-term multi-bagger.

    Company overview

    Marathon Oil is an international energy company that operates more »

  • Which Oil Bargains Can Make You Really Rich?

    By Marina Avilkina - June 20, 2013 | Tickers: COP, MRO, OXY, PSX

    Currently, a tendency to spin off operations and become focused on a few business areas is perceived to provide more value for all investors involved. For instance, Marathon Oil (NYSE: MRO) and Marathon Petroleum were allocated from the Marathon Group. ConocoPhillips (NYSE: COP) divided its company into Phillips66 (NYSE: PSX), which manages downstream operations, while exploration and production continue to be handled by ConocoPhillips itself. Occidental Petroleum (NYSE: OXY) has more »

  • 3 Upgrades You Should Note

    By Brian Nichols - June 19, 2013 | Tickers: BBRY, KKD, MRO

    These analysts made good calls on Tuesday, but not all of these market movers will perform strongly long term. Therefore, let’s take a look at three upgrades and assess which ones should be explored.

    New discoveries continue to drive gains

    Marathon Oil (NYSE: MRO) received an especially encouraging upgrade on Tuesday, from Fitch Ratings to positive from stable. Fitch upgraded shares because it says the company’s shale liquids more »

  • Energy Companies: Top 3 Volume Gainers

    By Federico Zaldua - June 12, 2013 | Tickers: APC, MRO, SWN

    Compared with the year-ago period, first-quarter operating and financial results for the energy companies I usually follow were mixed, with higher earnings for the refiners but mixed results for integrated and exploration and production (E&P) companies. Despite mixed financial results, almost all E&P companies increased production.

    Within this group, there are three that did this the most: Marathon Oil (NYSE: MRO), Anadarko Petroleum (NYSE: APC) and Southwestern Energy more »

  • Is Chevron a Good Stock to Buy?

    By Bob Ciura - June 1, 2013 | Tickers: CVX, MRO, TOT

    Income investors are on the hunt for stocks that provide current dividend yields that surpass the yield on the S&P 500 Index, which currently stands around 2%. Dividend growth investors look for stocks that raise their payouts on a regular basis, at growth rates that will allow them to maintain purchasing power over time. Growth investors, on the other hand, look for companies that grow sales and profits at more »

  • Phillips 66 and ConocoPhillips a Year Later

    By Erin McBride - May 14, 2013 | Tickers: COP, MRO, MPC, PSX

    One year ago Phillips 66 (NYSE: PSX) and ConocoPhillips (NYSE: COP) happily split up. One year later, both companies appear to be all the better for it.

    Phillips 66 became the downstream company, focusing on refining and marketing, while ConocoPhillips (who kept its name in the amicable breakup) focuses on exploration and production.

    After one year, Phillips 66, one of the largest U.S. independent refiners, has reported first-quarter earnings more »

  • Marathon Oil at 52 Week High, Perfect Time to Exit

    By Shas Dey - May 13, 2013 | Tickers: CHK, EOG, MRO

    You will not get a better chance to exit Marathon Oil (NYSE: MRO) than by selling while it is trading at/near its 52 week high and the business performance is also not supporting that price.

    The company's North American E&P business is not doing well and neither is its Oil Sands Mining business. Exploration costs have massively increased; huge capital expenditure has been incurred with no immediate more »

  • ExxonMobil Gains From Turkey’s Secret Pacts With Kurdistan

    By Jaiyant Cavale - May 9, 2013 | Tickers: XOM, MRO, TOT

    ExxonMobil (NYSE: XOM), which announced last month that it allocated $1.65 billion just to develop the West Qurna 1 oil field in Kurdistan this year, may see a lot of improvements in the way its business takes place in the contested region. In April, Turkey and Iraqi Kurds signed a secret energy pact that may have far-reaching consequences for energy companies like ExxonMobil that operate in Iraq's Kurdistan more »

  • 4 Short-Term Hurdles for Anadarko Petroleum

    By Bill Edson - April 19, 2013 | Tickers: APC, APA, MRO

    Anadarko Petroleum's (NYSE: APC) fourth quarter earnings results were mixed. Revenues were down, but net income was higher than expected. Anadarko’s reported revenues of $3.41 billion compared to revenues of $3.84 billion in the fourth quarter of 2011. Net income was $457 million, an increase of $815 million from net income of  -$358 million in the fourth quarter of 2011. Earnings per share came in at more »

  • 4 Short-Term Hurdles For Anadarko Petroleum

    By Bill Edson - April 17, 2013 | Tickers: APC, APA, MRO

    Anadarko Petroleum's (NYSE: APC) fourth quarter earnings results were mixed. Revenues were down, but net income was higher than expected. Anadarko’s reported revenues of $3.41 billion compared to revenues of $3.84 billion in the fourth quarter of 2011. Net income was $457 million, an increase of $815 million from net income of  $-358 million in the fourth quarter of 2011. Earnings per share came in at more »

  • What Do These Oil Companies Have in Common?

    By Austin Higgins - April 11, 2013 | Tickers: HES, MRO, MPC, VLO

    Oil and gas companies are focusing their efforts on providing the most valuable operations to their investors. While gas prices have risen steadily over the last 6 months, downstream operations are not the most profitable space to control. There is a new trend of oil and gas exploration companies selling or spinning off their downstream, retail operations in an effort to develop their core practice of finding and drilling for more »

  • What Do These Oil Companies Have in Common?

    By Austin Higgins - April 8, 2013 | Tickers: HES, MRO, MPC, VLO

    Oil and gas companies are focusing their efforts on providing the most valuable operations to its investors. While gas prices have risen steadily over the last 6 months, downstream operations are not the most profitable space to control. There is a new trend of oil and gas exploration companies selling or spinning off their downstream, retail operations in an effort to develop their core practice of finding and drilling for more »

  • ExxonMobil & Russia: A Winning Combo for Investors

    By Maxwell Fisher - March 29, 2013 | Tickers: BP, CVX, XOM, MRO, RDS-A

    Note: This post originally included a moment of million-billion confusion. It's been fixed.

    In recent weeks, Russia's Rosneft  Oil and ExxonMobil (NYSE: XOM) signed an agreement that expanded the terms of an existing deal. The amendments allow Russia's state oil corporation to participate in a U.S. venture for the first time in history, right in the Gulf of Mexico.

    The mutually-beneficial deal will equally allow ExxonMobil more »

  • Why Inflation Is a Problem and the Hidden Bubble it's Creating

    By Bob Chandler - March 27, 2013 | Tickers: AEE, MRO, SH, VOD

    Many economists fear that the Federal Reserve's unprecedented asset buying program may cause an inflation problem in the future. While that may be true, what seems to be ignored is that there is a current inflation problem. Worse, the problem is also creating a hidden bubble that, when bursts, could severely crimp stock prices.

    The current inflation problem

    The main issue with inflation is the compounding spread between the more »

  • Will These Refinery Spin-Offs Continue to Outperform?

    By Joseph Harry - March 24, 2013 | Tickers: COP, MRO, MPC, PSX

    Some formerly integrated oil companies have decided to spin off their downstream assets in an effort to unlock shareholder value. It seems to have worked, but in a lopsided fashion. The most recent company to complete a spin-off was ConocoPhillips (NYSE: COP), creating Phillips 66 (NYSE: PSX). Before Conoco, Marathon Oil (NYSE: MRO) also spun off assets, creating Marathon Petroleum (NYSE: MPC). As many favorable events, such as a glut more »

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