There is one trait Marathon Oil (NYSE:MRO), Talisman Energy (UNKNOWN:TLM.DL), and Chesapeake Energy (NYSE:CHK) all share, and its not the fact that they have underperformed the rest of the market over the past few years. It's that over that time period, these three have all been much better at allocating capital to higher-performing parts of the business.

Since 2012, Chesapeake and Talisman have both closed the funding gap between their operational cash flows and their capital expenditures by more than 20%, while Marathon is just barely below 20% over that time.

Find out more about how these companies have become much more compelling investments over the past couple of years by tuning into the video below.