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Company Information:

Marathon Petroleum Corporation (MPC) is an American petroleum refining, marketing, and transportation company headquartered in Findlay, Ohio. Its Refining & Marketing segment refines crude oil and other feedstocks, purchases ethanol and refined products for resale, and distributes refined products. It sells refined products to wholesale customers domestically and internationally, buyers on the spot market, its Speedway business segment, and to independent entrepreneurs operating Marathon retail outlets.

The Speedway segment sells transportation fuels and convenience products in the retail market in the Midwest, the East Coast, and the Southeast. The Midstream segment gathers, processes, and transports natural gas, and transports and stores crude oil and refined products. Its current total market capitalization of $25.5 billion makes MPC a large cap stock (large capitalization). The firm enjoys a solid corporate culture and was elected the best employer of the United States in 2016 by Forbes magazine.

According to Yahoo! Finance, consensus estimates call for the company to earn about $1.96 per share for the current fiscal year, and to go to $3.35 next year. Marathon Petroleum Corp. has paid dividends to investors since 2011. It has increased its dividends in each of the past 5 years, at an average annual rate of 39.2%. Its current quarterly dividend of $0.36 provides a yield of 2.81%. The stock exhibits a healthy Dividend Payout Ratio (DPR, the percentage of earnings paid out as dividends to shareholders) of 37%, which means the company is retaining a large percentage of earnings to reinvest or grow the business. Its average DPR during the past 5 years is just 34%.

Its Price to Earnings ratio (a measure of valuation) of 22.9 is 9.8% below its industry average, and according to Morningstar, the stock is trading 20.8% below its Fair Value Estimate, making it attractive for investors with a long-term investment horizon. Technically (from the chart’s perspective) MPC looks attractive, trading 18.7% below its all-time high, while it is forming a price consolidation pattern between $60 and $30 approximately, in which $30 is acting as a strong technical support level. The actively managed no-load mutual funds Vanguard Windsor II Inv. (VWNFX) and T. Rowe Price Value (TRVLX) are major shareholders of MPC, holding 1.99% and 0.92% of its shares respectively. MPC’s main competitors in the world are Phillips 66 and Valero Energy Corp. The company direct investment plan (DRIP) does not charge fees for optional cash investing, dividend reinvestment, safekeeping, automatic investment or termination of the plan.

With the stock being fundamental and technically attractive, this company is an appropriate holding for investors who have a long-term investment horizon.


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Mario Medina Bio:

Born in Cuba and graduated in Architecture from the University of Havana, Mario Medina is editor and writer of the weekly online investment newsletter El Boletín, and senior analyst for Julie Stav, Inc. Through seminars and conferences live and online, articles in his blog, videos and Podcasts, Mario teaches people inside and outside the United States. The point that differentiates Mario in his teachings, is the simplicity and softness of the language, teaching beginners, the same way he wanted to be educated when starting in the world of personal finances and investments.

Mario provides investment guidance in financial segments of Hispanic television and radio, and has had his own space on those topics at Univision Radio Network, also participating in Tu Dinero, Julie Stav’s financial shows. Analyzing the status of the market and its indexes, examining leading companies, sectors and industries, and evaluating the performance of Julie Stav’s Platinum List of Companies, his popular online Daily Market Report allows thousands of people from across the country to follow the situation of the financial world and get the essential information they need to make the best decisions about their own investments.

Today, Mario provides independent fundamental and technical analysis for the mutual fund MoneyPaper 63 (DRIPX), which is the only fund that focuses solely in companies that offer small investors Dividend Re-investment Plans. He is also a regular contributor to

Today, those who read the articles written by Mario Medina, or those who daily follow his Market Report, listen to his segments, watch his videos, or attend his seminars, could not imagine that a little over a decade ago its author knew nothing about investments or the stock market. It has been a long, arduous road for the young man newly arrived to the US with empty pockets, a suitcase full of dreams, and whose first savings came from collecting empty soda cans and recycling scrap yard. After discovering the world of finance through books and radio programs, and after years of study and sacrifice, Mario Medina now advises thousands of Hispanics on how and when to buy or sell in the stock market in order to obtain the best returns and minimize their losses. He himself is a successful shareholder in some of those same companies whose refuse he previously collected...

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