News coverage about Marathon Oil (NYSE:MRO) has been trending somewhat positive this week, Accern Sentiment reports. The research group rates the sentiment of news coverage by analyzing more than twenty million blog and news sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Marathon Oil earned a daily sentiment score of 0.14 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media coverage about the oil and gas producer an impact score of 46.0504895181758 out of 100, meaning that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the next few days.
Here are some of the headlines that may have impacted Accern Sentiment’s rankings:
- Big Corn, Big Oil square off in White House biofuels meeting – Reuters (reuters.com)
- OppenheimerFunds Inc. Sells 676,521 Shares of Marathon Oil Co. (MRO) (americanbankingnews.com)
- Marathon Oil (MRO) Stock Rating Reaffirmed by BMO Capital Markets (americanbankingnews.com)
- Is this stock Risky for You?: Marathon Oil Corporation (MRO) – Wallstreet Investorplace (wallstreetinvestorplace.com)
- Investors are Unsure How to React (Brief Analysis): Marathon Oil Corporation (NYSE: MRO) – Alpha Beta Stock (alphabetastock.com)
Marathon Oil (NYSE:MRO) traded down $0.34 during mid-day trading on Tuesday, hitting $15.00. The stock had a trading volume of 12,590,000 shares, compared to its average volume of 13,950,000. The company has a current ratio of 1.30, a quick ratio of 1.24 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.47. Marathon Oil has a fifty-two week low of $10.55 and a fifty-two week high of $19.52. The firm has a market capitalization of $12,740.00, a price-to-earnings ratio of -14.71, a P/E/G ratio of 3.05 and a beta of 2.34.
The firm also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Monday, March 12th. Investors of record on Wednesday, February 21st will be issued a $0.05 dividend. This represents a $0.20 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 1.33%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Tuesday, February 20th. Marathon Oil’s dividend payout ratio is currently -19.61%.
Several equities research analysts have commented on the company. BMO Capital Markets restated a “hold” rating and set a $20.00 price target on shares of Marathon Oil in a research note on Tuesday. R. F. Lafferty restated a “buy” rating and set a $27.00 price target (up from $26.00) on shares of Marathon Oil in a research note on Tuesday, February 20th. Zacks Investment Research lowered Marathon Oil from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Thursday, February 8th. Wolfe Research lowered Marathon Oil from an “outperform” rating to a “market perform” rating in a research note on Tuesday, January 30th. Finally, Stifel Nicolaus set a $18.00 price target on Marathon Oil and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a research note on Tuesday, January 30th. Two equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, thirteen have issued a hold rating and twelve have issued a buy rating to the stock. The company presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $18.27.
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Marathon Oil Company Profile
Marathon Oil Corporation is an exploration and production (E&P) company. The Company operates through three segments: North America E&P, International E&P and Oil Sands Mining. The North America E&P segment explores for, produces and markets crude oil and condensate, natural gas liquids (NGLs) and natural gas in North America.
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