Analysts Like these Oil & Gas Refiners, Despite What the Market May Think

Michael Teague |

Wednesday’s trading session turned out to be a decent one for oil and gas refiners and marketers, as most companies posted gains by the closing bell.

Still, with an average earnings multiple at 14.40 for that sector of the energy industry, there are clearly a lot of stocks that are getting top-heavy, and investors might want to have a look at some of the firms who for some reason seem to be getting left behind by the market.

The following five companies were selected according to the following criteria:

  • A below-average P/E ratio

  • Average analyst recommendation of “buy or better”

  • Positive 2014 performance


Marathon Petroleum Corporation (MPC)

Market-Cap / Price: $28.26 billion / $94.50

P/E Ratio: 14.27

2014 Returns: +3.53


Phillips 66 (PSX)

Market-Cap / Price: $47.88 billion / $80

P/E Ratio: 13.31

2014 Returns: +4.28 percent


Northern Tier Energy LP (NTI)

Market-Cap / Price: $2.51 billion / $27.34

P/E Ratio:  11.20

2014 Returns: +13.02 percent


Valero Energy Corporation (VLO)

Market-Cap / Price: $29.64 billion / $55.29

P/E Ratio: 11.15

2014 Returns: +10.27 percent


Sinopec Shanghai Petrochemical Co. Ltd. ($SHI)

Market-Cap / Price: $2.16 billion / $30.11

P/E Ratio: 10.60

2014 Returns: +5.50 percent

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Symbol Name Price Change % Volume
MDSMF Medusa Mining Ltd Ord 0.49 -0.01 -1.98 11,400
MPC Marathon Petroleum Corporation 44.09 1.04 2.42 4,808,886
NTI Northern Tier Energy LP n/a n/a n/a 0
PSX Phillips 66 80.35 0.61 0.76 2,070,785
SHI SINOPEC Shangai Petrochemical Company Ltd. 51.50 -0.06 -0.12 1,180
VLO Valero Energy Corporation 55.76 0.99 1.81 5,287,856


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