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How to buy Marathon Oil Corporation (MRO) shares

Learn how to easily invest in Marathon Oil Corporation shares.

Marathon Oil Corporation is an oil & gas e&p business based in the US. Marathon Oil Corporation stocks (MRO.US) are listed on the NYSE and all prices are listed in US Dollars. Its last market close was $12.95 – an increase of 9.67% over the previous week. Marathon Oil Corporation employs 1,672 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around $4.7 billion.

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Marathon Oil Corporation stock price (NYSE:MRO)

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Marathon Oil Corporation shares at a glance

Information last updated 2022-01-25.
Latest market close$19.85
52-week range$7.10 - $20.01
50-day moving average $16.62
200-day moving average $13.81
Wall St. target price$20.79
PE ratio 30.8271
Dividend yield $0.18 (1.28%)
Earnings per share (TTM) $-0.05

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Is it a good time to buy Marathon Oil Corporation stock?

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Marathon Oil Corporation price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the close of $19.85 from 2022-01-27

1 week (2022-01-21) 9.67%
1 month (2021-12-27) 19.87%
3 months (2021-10-24) N/A
6 months (2021-07-28) 68.51%
1 year (2021-01-28) 162.57%
2 years (2020-01-28) 68.65%
3 years (2019-01-28) 25.39%
5 years (2017-01-27) 14.01%

Is Marathon Oil Corporation under- or over-valued?

Valuing Marathon Oil Corporation stock is incredibly difficult, and any metric has to be viewed as part of a bigger picture of Marathon Oil Corporation's overall performance. However, analysts commonly use some key metrics to help gauge the value of a stock.

Marathon Oil Corporation's P/E ratio

Marathon Oil Corporation's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 31x. In other words, Marathon Oil Corporation shares trade at around 31x recent earnings.

That's relatively high compared to, say, the trailing 12-month P/E ratio for the NASDAQ 100 at the end of 2019 (27.29). The high P/E ratio could mean that investors are optimistic about the outlook for the shares or simply that they're over-valued.

Marathon Oil Corporation's PEG ratio

Marathon Oil Corporation's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 1.5479. A low ratio can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer better value, while a higher ratio can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer worse value.

The PEG ratio provides a broader view than just the P/E ratio, as it gives more insight into Marathon Oil Corporation's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.

Marathon Oil Corporation's EBITDA

Marathon Oil Corporation's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is $2.5 billion.

The EBITDA is a measure of a Marathon Oil Corporation's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure a its profitability.

Marathon Oil Corporation financials

Revenue TTM $4.7 billion
Operating margin TTM 3.84%
Gross profit TTM $2 billion
Return on assets TTM 0.63%
Return on equity TTM -37.81%
Profit margin -0.87%
Book value $13.68
Market capitalisation $14.5 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Marathon Oil Corporation's environmental, social and governance track record

Environmental, social and governance (known as ESG) criteria are a set of three factors used to measure the sustainability and social impact of companies like Marathon Oil Corporation.

When it comes to ESG scores, lower is better, and lower scores are generally associated with lower risk for would-be investors.

Marathon Oil Corporation's total ESG risk score

Total ESG risk: 50.41

Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and Marathon Oil Corporation's overall score of 50.41 (as at 12/31/2018) is pretty weak – landing it in it in the 95th percentile of companies rated in the same sector.

ESG scores are increasingly used to estimate the level of risk a company like Marathon Oil Corporation is exposed to within the areas of "environmental" (carbon footprint, resource use etc.), "social" (health and safety, human rights etc.), and "governance" (anti-corruption, tax transparency etc.).

Marathon Oil Corporation's environmental score

Environmental score: 28.84/100

Marathon Oil Corporation's environmental score of 28.84 puts it squarely in the 8th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Marathon Oil Corporation is a leader in its sector terms of its environmental impact, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Marathon Oil Corporation's social score

Social score: 18.81/100

Marathon Oil Corporation's social score of 18.81 puts it squarely in the 8th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Marathon Oil Corporation is a leader in its sector when it comes to taking good care of its workforce and the communities it impacts.

Marathon Oil Corporation's governance score

Governance score: 13.27/100

Marathon Oil Corporation's governance score puts it squarely in the 8th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. That could suggest that Marathon Oil Corporation is a leader in its sector when it comes to responsible management and strategy, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Marathon Oil Corporation's controversy score

Controversy score: 2/5

ESG scores also evaluate any incidences of controversy that a company has been involved in. Marathon Oil Corporation scored a 2 out of 5 for controversy – the second-highest score possible, reflecting that Marathon Oil Corporation has, for the most part, managed to keep its nose clean.

Marathon Oil Corporation share dividends

26%

Dividend payout ratio: 25.71% of net profits

Recently Marathon Oil Corporation has paid out, on average, around 25.71% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 1.28% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), Marathon Oil Corporation shareholders could enjoy a 1.28% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Marathon Oil Corporation's case, that would currently equate to about $0.18 per share.

While Marathon Oil Corporation's payout ratio might seem fairly standard, it's worth remembering that Marathon Oil Corporation may be investing much of the rest of its net profits in future growth.

Marathon Oil Corporation's most recent dividend payout was on 9 December 2021. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 15 November 2021 (the "ex-dividend date").

Have Marathon Oil Corporation's shares ever split?

Marathon Oil Corporation's shares were split on a 10000:5965 basis on 30 June 2011. So if you had owned 5965 shares the day before before the split, the next day you'd have owned 10000 shares. This wouldn't directly have changed the overall worth of your Marathon Oil Corporation shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 40.4% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for Marathon Oil Corporation shares which in turn could have impacted Marathon Oil Corporation's share price.

Marathon Oil Corporation share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Marathon Oil Corporation's shares have ranged in value from as little as $7.0963 up to $20.01. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

Beta is a measure of a share's volatility in relation to the market. The market (NYSE average) beta is 1, while Marathon Oil Corporation's is 3.0238. This would suggest that Marathon Oil Corporation's shares are significantly more volatile than the average for this exchange and represent a higher risk.

Marathon Oil Corporation overview

Marathon Oil Corporation operates as an independent exploration and production company in the United States and internationally. It engages in the exploration, production, and marketing of crude oil and condensate, natural gas liquids, and natural gas; and the production and marketing of products manufactured from natural gas, such as liquefied natural gas and methanol. It also owns and operates 32 central gathering and treating facilities; and the Sugarloaf gathering system, a 42-mile natural gas pipeline through Karnes and Atascosa Counties. The company was formerly known as USX Corporation and changed its name to Marathon Oil Corporation in December 2001. Marathon Oil Corporation was founded in 1887 and is headquartered in Houston, Texas. .

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