Marathon Oil Corporation (NYSE: MRO)’s stock price has plunge by 0.04relation to previous closing price of 25.56. Nevertheless, the company has seen a 1.95% surge in its stock price over the last five trading sessions. Schaeffers Research reported 2023-11-15 that This commentary first appeared on Forbes Great Speculations on Wednesday, November 8, where Schaeffer’s Investment Research is a regular contributor.

Is It Worth Investing in Marathon Oil Corporation (NYSE: MRO) Right Now?

Marathon Oil Corporation (NYSE: MRO) has a price-to-earnings ratio of 9.46x that is above its average ratio. Additionally, the 36-month beta value for MRO is 2.23. There are mixed opinions on the stock, with 19 analysts rating it as a “buy,” 1 rating it as “overweight,” 6 rating it as “hold,” and 1 rating it as “sell.”

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The average price predicted by analysts for MRO is $33.83, which is $8.3 above the current price. The public float for MRO is 582.92M and currently, short sellers hold a 1.77% ratio of that float. The average trading volume of MRO on November 21, 2023 was 10.41M shares.

MRO’s Market Performance

MRO’s stock has seen a 1.95% increase for the week, with a -10.25% drop in the past month and a -2.07% fall in the past quarter. The volatility ratio for the week is 2.71%, and the volatility levels for the past 30 days are at 2.83% for Marathon Oil Corporation The simple moving average for the past 20 days is -3.50% for MRO’s stock, with a 2.08% simple moving average for the past 200 days.

Analysts’ Opinion of MRO

Many brokerage firms have already submitted their reports for MRO stocks, with Goldman repeating the rating for MRO by listing it as a “Neutral.” The predicted price for MRO in the upcoming period, according to Goldman is $25 based on the research report published on July 12, 2023 of the current year 2023.

MRO Trading at -4.03% from the 50-Day Moving Average

After a stumble in the market that brought MRO to its low price for the period of the last 52 weeks, the company was unable to rebound, for now settling with -18.25% of loss for the given period.

Volatility was left at 2.83%, however, over the last 30 days, the volatility rate increased by 2.71%, as shares sank -9.23% for the moving average over the last 20 days. Over the last 50 days, in opposition, the stock is trading -2.26% lower at present.

During the last 5 trading sessions, MRO rose by +1.95%, which changed the moving average for the period of 200-days by -1.77% in comparison to the 20-day moving average, which settled at $26.37. In addition, Marathon Oil Corporation saw -5.54% in overturn over a single year, with a tendency to cut further losses.

Insider Trading

Reports are indicating that there were more than several insider trading activities at MRO starting from Whitehead Dane E, who sale 53,403 shares at the price of $27.05 back on Sep 29. After this action, Whitehead Dane E now owns 156,481 shares of Marathon Oil Corporation, valued at $1,444,639 using the latest closing price.

Henderson Michael A, the Executive VP, Operations of Marathon Oil Corporation, sale 37,000 shares at $27.30 during a trade that took place back on Sep 28, which means that Henderson Michael A is holding 94,254 shares at $1,010,174 based on the most recent closing price.

Stock Fundamentals for MRO

Current profitability levels for the company are sitting at:

The net margin for Marathon Oil Corporation stands at +47.90. The total capital return value is set at 21.46, while invested capital returns managed to touch 22.80. Equity return is now at value 15.01, with 8.90 for asset returns.

Based on Marathon Oil Corporation (MRO), the company’s capital structure generated 53.29 points at debt to equity in total, while total debt to capital is 34.76. Total debt to assets is 30.46, with long-term debt to equity ratio resting at 48.88. Finally, the long-term debt to capital ratio is 31.89.

When we switch over and look at the enterprise to sales, we see a ratio of 3.22, with the company’s debt to enterprise value settled at 0.25. The receivables turnover for the company is 6.59 and the total asset turnover is 0.41. The liquidity ratio also appears to be rather interesting for investors as it stands at 0.72.


In conclusion, Marathon Oil Corporation (MRO) has seen bad performance in recent times. Analysts have a mixed opinion on the stock, with some rating it as a “buy” and others rating it as a “hold”. It’s important to note that the stock is currently trading at a significant distance from its 50-day moving average and its 52-week high.