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Surging Earnings Estimates Signal Good News for Marathon Petroleum (MPC)
September 22, 2017

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Marathon Petroleum Corporation (MPC - Free Report) is engaged in refining, transporting, and marketing of petroleum products that could be an interesting play for investors. That is because, not only does the stock have decent short-term momentum, but it is seeing solid activity on the earnings estimate revision front as well.

These positive earnings estimate revisions suggest that analysts are becoming more optimistic on MPC’s earnings for the coming quarter and year. In fact, consensus estimates have moved sharply higher for both of these time frames over the past four weeks, suggesting that Marathon Petroleum could be a solid choice for investors.

Current Quarter Estimates for MPC

In the past 30 days, seven estimates have gone higher for Marathon Petroleum while one have gone lower in the same time period. The trend has been pretty favorable too, with estimates increasing from $1.08 a share 30 days ago, to $1.24 today, a move of 14.8%.

Current Year Estimates for MPC

Meanwhile, Marathon Petroleum’s current year figures are also looking quite promising, with seven estimates moving higher in the past month, compared to one lower. The consensus estimate trend has also seen a boost for this time frame, increasing from $2.74 per share 30 days ago to $3.08 per share today, an increase of 12.4%.

Marathon Petroleum Corporation Price and Consensus

Bottom Line

The stock has also started to move higher lately, adding 8.5% over the past four weeks, suggesting that investors are starting to take note of this impressive story. So investors may definitely want to consider this Zacks Rank #3 (Hold) stock to profit in the near future. You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here.

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