Based on the aggregated intelligence of 120,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, Marathon Oil (NYSE:MRO) has earned a respected four-star ranking. While five-star stocks have been the best performers, our data has shown that four-star stocks still outshine the market by a significant margin and shouldn't be taken lightly; conversely, low-rated stocks have woefully lagged the market average.

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

Marathon facts

Headquarters (founded)

Houston, Texas (1887)

Market Cap

$16.46 billion


Integrated Oil and Gas

TTM Revenue

$75.94 billion


CEO Clarence Cazalot, Jr. (since 2002)
CFO Janet Clark (since 2004)

Return on Equity (average last three years)


Dividend Yield



Sunoco (NYSE:SUN),

CAPS members bullish on MRO also bullish on

Valero Energy (NYSE:VLO),
ConocoPhillips (NYSE:COP)

CAPS members bearish on MRO also bearish on

Chevron (NYSE:CVX),
Tesoro (NYSE:TSO)

Sources: Capital IQ, a division of Standard & Poor's, and Motley Fool CAPS. TTM = trailing 12 months.

Over on CAPS, fully 1185 of the 1239 members who have rated Marathon -- almost 96% -- believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These Fools include cmanasco and Harry0925.

Last month, cmanasco tapped Marathon as a particularly special situation: "With the potential for Marathon to split its business into two equally valuable groups there is serious potential here for a double in the next couple of months, how often do you see that in recessionary times?!"

In a pitch just a day before, Harry0925 elaborated on the proposed value-unlocking break-up:

Company is breaking up, will unlock significant value. Has 1.2B BOE in proved reserves, and refining business had revenue of $56B last year. Using conservative multiples yields a much higher price. They are selling assets this quarter for $1.1B, will sell more assets for $2-4B next quarter, and earned $2B last quarter. Note the market cap is only $20B. Yield is currently about 3.5% and balance sheet is strong.

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