High Potential But Currently Too Risky: Marathon Oil Corporation (MRO), Equity Residential (EQR)

Marathon Oil Corporation (NYSE:MRO) has its shares plummet by -27.15% or $5.14 from its all-time high of $18.93, with MRO attaining that price back on April 23, 2019. The drop in the price of the shares saw it stand at $13.79 per share. MRO has been trading at a low of $11.06 over the past one year but it surged by 24.68% or $2.73 to reach the $13.79 mark. Following the massive rise in stock price, MRO received more attention from investors and analysts. On Tuesday, the stock dipped by -1.22%, which caused investors and analysts to worry about it. Following the plunge in price, the MRO beta stands at 2.37, implying that its volatility level has gone up by -1.37 ahead of the general market. A look at the stock’s 200-day moving average shows that it is 1.24% above while its 50-day moving average shows that it is currently 10.33% above. Compared to 2.46% average daily volatility of past month, the stock’s average volatility for this week has decreased by -0.1 as the volatility level currently stands at 2.36%.

Over the past seven days, the stock has witnessed a price surge by 2.76%. This massive rise in stock price has caught the attention of both investors and market traders. The stock has performed poorly over the past 52 weeks, dropping by -11.72% during that time frame and is now up by 1.55% since this point this year. MRO has surged by 14.53% over the past 30 days, with its equity price gaining% of its value over the past ninety days. These figures add up to see the stock record a growth of 1.85% over the past six months.

Market analysts from research firms still remain bullish about the short-term performance of MRO. Most of them are of the view that the stock would be able to reach $17.48 over the next 12 months. If that happens, then the stock would witness a 26.76% rise in its price and that would see the stock’s market cap hit an astonishing $14 Billion. Analysts view this stock as a bearish at the moment as its average rating is 2.2. According to Reuters, many of the 17 analysts covering the stock at the moment believe it is a Buy. 9 of them rated MRO as a Hold while 8 of them either rated it as a Buy or a Strong Buy. However, 0 of them advised investors to sell the stock if they have it or shouldn’t buy it if they don’t possess any.

The stock’s technical analysis reveals that its 14-day Relative Strength Index (RSI) is currently in a neutral position as it was able to attain 63.9 points. The trading volume now standing at 9456863 shares. The decrease of -1683137 shares in trading volume shows that traders and investors have shown less interest in the stock over the past few weeks. During that trading session, the average trading volume of MRO was 11140000 shares, which is more than 0.85 times higher than its usual trading volume.

The stock has an average rating of 3 which means that it has been rated as a Sell by most analysts. The stock is being covered by 16 analysts who gave a consensus recommendation of 3 which implies that it is currently in a bull/bear situation. Reuters looked into analysts covering Equity Residential, and 11 of them believe that the stock is a Hold at the moment. 5 of the analysts rated it as a Buy or a Strong Buy while the remaining analysts (2) rated it as a sell at the moment.