$-0.03 EPS Expected for Marathon Oil (MRO); Clearbridge Energy MLP Fund (CEM) Has 0.97 Sentiment

January 14, 2018 - By Linda Rogers

The stock decreased 0.83% or $0.14 during the last trading session, reaching $16.81. About 338,814 shares traded. ClearBridge Energy MLP Fund Inc. (CEM) has risen 5.19% since January 14, 2017 and is uptrending. It has underperformed by 11.51% the S&P500.

Analysts expect Marathon Oil Corporation (NYSE:MRO) to report $-0.03 EPS on February, 14 after the close.They anticipate $0.07 EPS change or 70.00% from last quarter’s $-0.1 EPS. After having $-0.08 EPS previously, Marathon Oil Corporation’s analysts see -62.50% EPS growth. The stock increased 1.18% or $0.22 during the last trading session, reaching $18.82. About 10.31M shares traded. Marathon Oil Corporation (NYSE:MRO) has risen 14.05% since January 14, 2017 and is uptrending. It has underperformed by 2.65% the S&P500.

Northrock Partners Llc holds 7.53% of its portfolio in ClearBridge Energy MLP Fund Inc. for 1.33 million shares. Terril Brothers Inc. owns 703,653 shares or 3.34% of their US portfolio. Moreover, Signature Estate & Investment Advisors Llc has 1.76% invested in the company for 1.06 million shares. The Missouri-based Bush Odonnell Investment Advisors Inc has invested 0.65% in the stock. Sit Investment Associates Inc, a Minnesota-based fund reported 1.24 million shares.

Marathon Oil Corporation operates as an energy company. The company has market cap of $15.99 billion. It operates through three divisions: North America E&P, International E&P, and Oil Sands Mining. It currently has negative earnings. The North America E&P segment develops, explores for, produces, and markets crude oil and condensate, natural gas liquids , and natural gas in North America.

Investors sentiment decreased to 0.92 in 2017 Q3. Its down 0.01, from 0.93 in 2017Q2. It turned negative, as 38 investors sold Marathon Oil Corporation shares while 190 reduced holdings. 63 funds opened positions while 146 raised stakes. 665.82 million shares or 1.16% less from 673.63 million shares in 2017Q2 were reported. Jennison Assoc Ltd reported 15,009 shares. Prudential Fin Inc holds 0.03% or 1.32M shares. Texas Permanent School Fund owns 235,558 shares or 0.04% of their US portfolio. Amp Investors stated it has 0.02% of its portfolio in Marathon Oil Corporation (NYSE:MRO). Hl Finance Limited Liability Corp, Kentucky-based fund reported 102,713 shares. 87.37 million are held by Vanguard. Fjarde Ap has 0.03% invested in Marathon Oil Corporation (NYSE:MRO) for 119,852 shares. Old National Financial Bank In has invested 0.04% of its portfolio in Marathon Oil Corporation (NYSE:MRO). State Of Wisconsin Board holds 0.03% or 788,262 shares. Commonwealth Of Pennsylvania Public School Empls Retrmt holds 0.02% of its portfolio in Marathon Oil Corporation (NYSE:MRO) for 90,902 shares. Encompass Cap Ltd Liability reported 3.60 million shares. Private Ocean Limited Liability Corp holds 0% in Marathon Oil Corporation (NYSE:MRO) or 188 shares. Nomura Asset Management reported 147,657 shares or 0.03% of all its holdings. Levin Cap Strategies L P reported 27,000 shares stake. Invesco accumulated 0.14% or 27.44M shares.

Among 33 analysts covering Marathon Oil Corporation (NYSE:MRO), 15 have Buy rating, 0 Sell and 18 Hold. Therefore 45% are positive. Marathon Oil Corporation had 100 analyst reports since July 21, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. The firm has “Buy” rating given on Thursday, January 4 by Bank of America. Piper Jaffray maintained it with “Buy” rating and $20.0 target in Thursday, August 24 report. Barclays Capital maintained the shares of MRO in report on Thursday, July 14 with “Overweight” rating. On Monday, September 12 the stock rating was downgraded by Credit Suisse to “Neutral”. The firm earned “Equal-Weight” rating on Tuesday, June 21 by Morgan Stanley. As per Tuesday, December 5, the company rating was upgraded by Atlantic Securities. The firm has “Hold” rating given on Friday, August 4 by Jefferies. The firm earned “Equal Weight” rating on Monday, October 17 by Barclays Capital. Morgan Stanley upgraded Marathon Oil Corporation (NYSE:MRO) on Wednesday, June 21 to “Equal-Weight” rating. Nomura downgraded Marathon Oil Corporation (NYSE:MRO) on Thursday, December 15 to “Neutral” rating.

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