How to buy Marathon Oil Corporation shares | $4.14

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Marathon Oil Corporation (MRO) is a leading oil & gas e&p business based in the US. It opened the day at $4.23 after a previous close of $4.16. During the day the price has varied from a low of $4.04 to a high of $4.27. The latest price was $4.14 (25 minute delay). Marathon Oil Corporation is listed on the NYSE and employs 2,000 staff. All prices are listed in US Dollars.

How to buy shares in Marathon Oil Corporation

  1. Choose a platform. If you're a beginner, our share-dealing table below can help you choose.
  2. Open your account. You'll need your ID, bank details and national insurance number.
  3. Confirm your payment details. You'll need to fund your account with a bank transfer, debit card or credit card.
  4. Search the platform for stock code: MRO in this case.
  5. Research Marathon Oil Corporation shares. The platform should provide the latest information available.
  6. Buy your Marathon Oil Corporation shares. It's that simple.
The whole process can take as little as 15 minutes.

How has Coronavirus impacted Marathon Oil Corporation's share price?

Since the stock market crash in March caused by coronavirus, Marathon Oil Corporation's share price has had significant negative movement.

Its last market close was $4.07, which is 59.74% down on its pre-crash value of $10.11 and 29.21% up on the lowest point reached during the March crash when the shares fell as low as $3.15.

If you had bought $1,000 worth of Marathon Oil Corporation shares at the start of February 2020, those shares would have been worth $292.05 at the bottom of the March crash, and if you held on to them, then as of the last market close they'd be worth $354.82.

Marathon Oil Corporation share price

Use our graph to track the performance of MRO stocks over time.

Marathon Oil Corporation shares at a glance

Information last updated 2020-09-29.
Open$4.23
High$4.27
Low$4.04
Close$4.14
Previous close$4.16
Change $-0.02
Change % -0.481%
Volume 18,336,081
Information last updated 2020-10-20.
52-week range$3.02 - $14.07
50-day moving average $4.4197
200-day moving average $5.3193
Wall St. target price$6.89
PE ratio 17.2813
Dividend yield $0.2 (3.63%)
Earnings per share (TTM) $0.321
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Portfolio transfer fees (in & out)
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Interactive Investor stocks and shares ISA
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£119.88
£7.99
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Hargreaves Lansdown stocks and shares ISA
£100
0.45%
£11.95
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Nutmeg stocks and shares ISA
£100
0.75%
£0
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Saxo Markets stocks and shares ISA
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AJ Bell stocks and shares ISA
£500
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Any lump sum or £25 a month
Over 3,000 funds
£10/month
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£1,500 (initial investment)
7 funds
0.35%-0.75%
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£1,000
Over 2,000 funds
0.05-0.25%
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7 funds
0.5% - 0.95%
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£100 or £25 a month
2,500 funds
0-0.45%
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Saxo Markets Pension
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Over 11,000 funds
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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 last close of $4.14

1 week (2021-01-08) -45.17%
1 month (2020-12-17) -40.09%
3 months (2020-10-16) 1.72%
6 months (2020-07-17) -24.86%
1 year (2020-01-17) -68.66%
2 years (2019-01-17) -73.78%
3 years (2018-01-17) -78.03%
5 years (2016-01-15) -49.14%

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 17x. In other words, Marathon Oil Corporation shares trade at around 17x recent earnings.

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

However, Marathon Oil Corporation's P/E ratio is best considered in relation to those of others within the oil & gas e&p industry or those of similar companies.

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 0.24. 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.

However, it's sensible to consider Marathon Oil Corporation's PEG ratio in relation to those of similar companies.

Marathon Oil Corporation's EBITDA

Marathon Oil Corporation's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is a whopping $2.4 billion (£1.8 billion).

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

To put Marathon Oil Corporation's EBITDA into context you can compare it against that of similar companies.

Marathon Oil Corporation financials

Revenue TTM $4 billion
Gross profit TTM $3.8 billion
Return on assets TTM -0.54%
Return on equity TTM -5.59%
Profit margin -16.18%
Book value $14.146
Market capitalisation $3.1 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

How to short and sell Marathon Oil Corporation shares

  1. Create a CFD or spread betting account.
  2. Search for the stock code. E.g. "MRO.US"
  3. Choose your position size.
  4. Select "sell" rather than "buy".
  5. Confirm your position and keep tabs on it. You may wish to set limits on your position.

There are currently 39.3 million Marathon Oil Corporation shares held short by investors – that's known as Marathon Oil Corporation's "short interest". This figure is 1.8% down from 40.0 million last month.

There are a few different ways that this level of interest in shorting Marathon Oil Corporation shares can be evaluated.

Marathon Oil Corporation's "short interest ratio" (SIR)

Marathon Oil Corporation's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of Marathon Oil Corporation shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of Marathon Oil Corporation shares traded daily (recently around 26.9 million). Marathon Oil Corporation's SIR currently stands at 1.46. In other words for every 100,000 Marathon Oil Corporation shares traded daily on the market, roughly 1460 shares are currently held short.

To gain some more context, you can compare Marathon Oil Corporation's short interest ratio against those of similar companies.

However Marathon Oil Corporation's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of Marathon Oil Corporation shares, or, against the total number of tradable Marathon Oil Corporation shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case Marathon Oil Corporation's short interest could be expressed as 0.05% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 Marathon Oil Corporation shares in existence, roughly 50 shares are currently held short) or 0.0645% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable Marathon Oil Corporation shares, roughly 65 shares are currently held short).

Such a low SIR usually points to an optimistic outlook for the share price, with fewer people currently willing to bet against Marathon Oil Corporation.

Find out more about how you can short Marathon Oil Corporation stock.

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 10/01/2020) 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.).

To gain some more context, you can compare Marathon Oil Corporation's total ESG risk score against those of similar companies.

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. A high-profile company, 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.

Wondering how that compares? Below are the controversy scores of similar companies.

Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) summary

Marathon Oil Corporation was last rated for ESG on: 2020-10-01.

Total ESG score 50.41
Total ESG percentile 95.16
Environmental score 28.84
Environmental score percentile 8
Social score 18.81
Social score percentile 8
Governance score 13.27
Governance score percentile 8
Level of controversy 2

Marathon Oil Corporation share dividends

We're not expecting Marathon Oil Corporation to pay a dividend over the next 12 months. However, you can browse other dividend-paying shares in our guide.

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Have Marathon Oil Corporation's shares ever split?

Marathon Oil Corporation's shares were split on a 10000:5965 basis on 1 July 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 $3.02 up to $14.07. 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 3.2598. This would suggest that Marathon Oil Corporation's shares are significantly more volatile than the average for this exchange and represent a higher risk.

To put Marathon Oil Corporation's beta into context you can compare it against those of similar companies.

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Marathon Oil Corporation overview

Marathon Oil Corporation operates as an independent exploration and production company in the United States and Equatorial Guinea. The company 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, as well as 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. As of December 31, 2019, it had estimated proved developed reserves totaling 721 million barrels of oil equivalent (mmboe); and estimated proved undeveloped reserves totaling 484 mmboe. The company was formerly known as USX Corporation and changed its name to Marathon Oil Corporation in July 2001. Marathon Oil Corporation was founded in 1887 and is headquartered in Houston, Texas.

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