Why Marathon Petroleum Is Poised to Outperform

Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, petroleum refiner Marathon Petroleum (NYSE: MPC  ) has earned a coveted five-star ranking.

With that in mind, let's take a closer look at Marathon and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.

Marathon facts

Headquarters

Findlay, Ohio

Market Cap

$26.8 billion

Industry

Oil and gas refining and marketing

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$76.6 billion

Management

CEO Gary Heminger (since 2011)
CFO Donald Templin (since 2011)

Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years)

22.2%

Cash/Debt

$3.4 billion / $3.4 billion

Dividend Yield

1.8%

Competitors

Chevron (NYSE: CVX  ) \
ExxonMobil
(NYSE: XOM  )
Valero Energy
(NYSE: VLO  )

Sources: S&P Capital IQ and Motley Fool CAPS.

On CAPS, 98% of the 168 members who have rated Marathon believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.

Just this past week, one of those Fools, All-Star 3Fairfield, kindly updated our community on the Marathon opportunity:

I just listened to the recent Credit Suisse presentation (Feb. 6 2013) by Gary Heminger, CEO. He asserted that although [Marathon] had quite a good year last year and the stock experienced a significant run up, he believes there is more value and growth in store for 2013. ... Heminger also projects continued share repurchases thru 2013 and a growing dividend.

Heminger mentioned that [Marathon] will be well positioned for the expected Utica Shale drilling, projected to ramp up in mid 2013. ... I am cautiously optimistic that we will see an increase in the stock price while the US energy sector enjoys its prosperity in the next several years.

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