Marathon sells at a discount - A VERY BIG DISCOUNT.......I'd rather buy 100,000 shares of MRO today than the equivalent dollar value of Apple or Google.
Marathon is DIRT CHEAP .....yet, owns a commodity that the world HUNGERS FOR!
You gotta love it.
In terms of GREAT stocks for the IRA or PENSION....Marathon ranks right up there with MO (altria) T (telephone) CTL (century telephone) and ADM (archer daniels midland).......Oil Stocks, Telephone Stocks and FOOD.....that's the CORE baby!
To be a good investor, one as to understand the market associated with the stock of interest. Apple was almost bankrupted with a stock at $5 and going down. If my recollection serves me right, MSN allowed a special version of windows to be used by Apple, to push off the demons of monopoly. I never was a Apple fan. In the early days of the Apple IBM war, I did not support Apple. The cost of owning an Apple product is higher than MSN. Apple is a platform, free applications are limited. With MSN the application are less expensive and an overwhelming choice. Apple is a fad not a commodity as MSN really is. Google is another stock I will not invest in. There are too many privacies potential liability with these companies, include Yahoo, AOL, Facebook, Tweeter an even MSN. Oil is what I know, I think, LOL. So O&G is what I invest in.
Unfortunately I am a longterm holder of MRO and when I look at a 5 year chart against those of AAPL or GOOG I realize they would have been MUCH better stocks to own. What makes you think the next five years will be any different?