Is Now The Right Time To Buy Marathon Oil Corporation (NYSE:MRO) Stock? – Stocks Register

Is Now The Right Time To Buy Marathon Oil Corporation (NYSE:MRO) Stock?

Marathon Oil Corporation (NYSE:MRO) traded at $11.26 at close of the session on Monday, May 03, made a downturn move of -4.01% on its previous day’s price.

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Looking at the stock we see that its previous close was $11.73 and the beta (5Y monthly) reads 3.23 with the day’s price range being $11.26 – 11.88. The company has a trailing 12-month PE ratio of 0. In terms of its 52-week price range, MRO has a high of $13.29 and a low of $3.73. The company’s stock has gained about 5.43% over that past 30 days.

Marathon Oil Corporation has a market cap of $9.25 Billion and is expected to release its quarterly earnings report on May 05, 2021. With its Forward Dividend at 0.16 and a yield of 1.42%, the company’s investors could be anxious for the MRO stock to gain ahead of the earnings release. Estimates by analysts give the company expected earnings per share (EPS) of $0.1, with the EPS growth for the year raised at $0.37 for 2021 and $0.36 for next year. These figures represent -1.32% and -0.03% growth in EPS for the two years respectively.

Analysts tracking the company’s growth have also given it a consensus growth in revenue estimated at $1.05 Billion, with a low of $908Million and a high of $1.16 Billion. The median projection represents growth adding up to -14.4% compared to sales growth for the corresponding quarter a year ago. According to analyst consensus estimates figures, the company’s yearly revenue forecast for 2021 is expected to hit $4.28 Billion, or +38.5% up from figures reported last year.

There have been 8 upward and no downward revisions for the stock’s EPS in last 7 days, something that reflects the nature of company’s price movement in short term. On the other hand, looking at the outlook for the MRO stock, short term indicators assign the stock an average of 50% Buy, while medium term indicators assign it an average of 100% Buy. Long term indicators on average place the stock in the category of 100% Buy.

Based on estimates by 29 analysts, where scores have ranged from 1.00 for a strong buy to 5.00 for a strong sell, 14 have rated the Marathon Oil Corporation (MRO) stock as a Hold, while 11 rate it as a Buy. 1 analyst(s) rate it as outperform while 1 of them rated it as underperform, whereas 2 suggest the stock as a Sell. The stock has an overall rating of Overweight and investors could take advantage and scoop up stock of the company.

Looking further, we note that the PEG ratio for the MRO stock currently stands at 0, and the current price level is 3.14% off its SMA20 and 1.31% from its 50-day simple moving average. The RSI (14) is pointing at 54.21 while the volatility over the past week is 4.7% and jumps to 4.77% over the past one month. The beta value is 3.23, while the average true range (ATR) is currently pointing at 0.54. The average price target for the stock over the next 12 months is $13.07, with the estimates having a low of $7 and a high of $17. These price ends are -37.83% and +50.98% off the current price level respectively, although investors could be excited at the prospect of a +15.45% if the MRO share price touches on the median price of $13.


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Let’s briefly compare Marathon Oil Corporation (MRO) stock to its peers. We find that current price change of -4.01% and +83.99% over the past 12 months for MRO competes that of Conocophillips (COP), which has seen its stock price fall -3.75% in the last trading session and was +21.47% over the last one year. Another of its peers Occidental Petroleum Corp (OXY) has dropped -2.24% previous session, and was +52.77% up over the past year, while Hess Corp (HES) was also down -4.01% in the last session, while its price remained in the green at 83.99% over the same period. Marathon Oil Corporation has a P/E ratio of 0 compared to Conocophillips’ 0 and Occidental Petroleum Corp’s 0. In contrast to these companies, both the S&P 500 Index and the Dow Jones Industrial were at -0.72% and -0.54%, respectively, at close of the trading.

Coming back to Marathon Oil Corporation (NYSE:MRO), we note that the average 3-month trading volume was 28.91 Million, while that of the preceding 10-day period stands at 27.03 Million. Current shares outstanding are 788.25 Million.

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According to data from Thomson Reuters, insiders hold 0.25% of the company’s shares while institutions hold 71.81%. The data shows that short shares as of April 14, 2021, stood at 27.67 Million at a short ratio of 1.16. This represents a 3.51% short interest in shares outstanding on April 14, 2021. Shares short dropped in April from the previous month at 33.29 Million. Investors should be excited about this stock as its upside potential is great, with current price pushing the stock +68.82% up in year-to-date price movement.

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