Marathon Oil (NYSE:MRO) Receiving Somewhat Favorable Press Coverage, Study Shows

Media headlines about Marathon Oil (NYSE:MRO) have been trending somewhat positive this week, according to Accern Sentiment. The research group scores the sentiment of news coverage by analyzing more than 20 million blog and news sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Marathon Oil earned a news sentiment score of 0.13 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave headlines about the oil and gas producer an impact score of 46.0812759881197 out of 100, meaning that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the near term.

Here are some of the news headlines that may have effected Accern Sentiment Analysis’s rankings:

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MRO has been the subject of a number of analyst reports. Bank of America raised shares of Marathon Oil from a “neutral” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $21.00 price objective for the company in a research note on Thursday, January 4th. Seaport Global Securities raised shares of Marathon Oil from a “sell” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Tuesday, December 19th. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of Marathon Oil from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $21.00 price objective for the company in a research note on Monday, January 15th. R. F. Lafferty reaffirmed a “buy” rating and set a $27.00 price objective (up from $26.00) on shares of Marathon Oil in a research note on Tuesday, February 20th. Finally, Barclays upped their price objective on shares of Marathon Oil from $14.00 to $15.00 and gave the company an “equal weight” rating in a research note on Monday, November 20th. Two research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, fourteen have issued a hold rating and eleven have assigned a buy rating to the company. Marathon Oil presently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $18.23.

Shares of Marathon Oil (NYSE MRO) opened at $14.99 on Wednesday. Marathon Oil has a 52-week low of $10.55 and a 52-week high of $19.52. 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 (NYSE:MRO) last released its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, February 14th. The oil and gas producer reported $0.07 EPS for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.02 by $0.05. Marathon Oil had a negative return on equity of 2.24% and a negative net margin of 120.11%. The firm had revenue of $1.38 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $1.25 billion. During the same quarter in the prior year, the company posted ($0.10) earnings per share. The firm’s revenue was up 23.0% on a year-over-year basis. research analysts expect that Marathon Oil will post 0.46 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Monday, March 12th. Investors of record on Wednesday, February 21st were issued a $0.05 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Tuesday, February 20th. This represents a $0.20 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 1.33%. Marathon Oil’s dividend payout ratio is currently -2.97%.

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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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