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RBC Upgrades Marathon, Downgrades BP

Dave Royse

RBC upgraded Marathon Oil Corporation (NYSE: MRO) and downgraded BP plc (NYSE: BP) Tuesday, saying growth looks good for both companies — but BP is less of a value after its recent outperformance. 

The Analysts

RBC Capital Markets analyst Scott Hanold upgraded Marathon from Sector Perform to Outperform and raised the price target from $22 to $23.

RBC Europe analyst Biraj Borkhataria downgraded BP from Top Pick to Outperform and lowering the price target on BP's U.S. stock from $49.60 to $49.10.

The Thesis 

At Marathon, RBC expects industry-leading free cash flow yields, Hanold said in the Tuesday upgrade note. The company should drive strong organic production through 2020, he said.

While Marathon's performance should be underpinned by its core drilling in the Eagle Ford and Bakken shale basins, the Permian Basin should also start to meaningfully contribute, the analyst said. 

Borkhataria cited value for the BP downgrade, saying the share price has simply come up to the point where there’s less valuation upside.

Price Action

Shares of Marathon were up 0.29 percent to $17.43 at publication time Tuesday. BP shares were down slightly, by 0.53 percent to $44.44.

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Latest Ratings for MRO

Date Firm Action From To
Apr 2019 RBC Capital Upgrades Sector Perform Outperform
Apr 2019 Barclays Maintains Overweight Overweight
Feb 2019 Argus Maintains Buy Buy

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