Halcón Resources (OTCMKTS:HKRSQ) and Marathon Oil (NYSE:MRO) are both oils/energy companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their dividends, risk, earnings, profitability, institutional ownership, valuation and analyst recommendations.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

81.0% of Marathon Oil shares are held by institutional investors. 6.1% of Halcón Resources shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 0.5% of Marathon Oil shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for Halcón Resources and Marathon Oil, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Halcón Resources 0 0 0 0 N/A
Marathon Oil 4 20 3 0 1.96

Marathon Oil has a consensus price target of $9.69, indicating a potential upside of 76.51%. Given Marathon Oil’s higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Marathon Oil is more favorable than Halcón Resources.


This table compares Halcón Resources and Marathon Oil’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Halcón Resources -324.96% -238.22% -73.12%
Marathon Oil 4.98% 1.90% 1.13%

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Halcón Resources and Marathon Oil’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Halcón Resources $224.68 million 0.05 -$1.17 billion N/A N/A
Marathon Oil $5.19 billion 0.84 $480.00 million $0.75 7.32

Marathon Oil has higher revenue and earnings than Halcón Resources.


Marathon Oil beats Halcón Resources on 9 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

Halcón Resources Company Profile

Halcón Resources Corporation, an independent energy company, engages in the acquisition, production, exploration, and development of onshore oil and natural gas assets in the United States. As of December 31, 2018, the company held interests in 56,900 net acres in the Delaware Basin, located in Pecos, Reeves, Ward, and Winkler Counties, Texas. As of December 31, 2018, it had estimated proved reserves of approximately 85.2 million barrels of oil equivalent comprising 50.7 million barrels of crude oil, 17.1 million barrels of natural gas liquids, and 104.7 billion cubic feet of natural gas. The company was formerly known as RAM Energy Resources, Inc. and changed its name to Halcón Resources Corporation in February 2012. Halcón Resources Corporation was founded in 1987 and is headquartered in Houston, Texas. On August 7, 2019, Halcón Resources Corporation along with its affiliates filed a voluntary petition for reorganization under Chapter 11 in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for Southern District of Texas.

Marathon Oil Company Profile

Marathon Oil Corporation operates as an energy company in the United States, Equatorial Guinea, the United Kingdom, and Libya. It operates in two segments, United States and International. The company engages in the exploration, production, and marketing of crude oil and condensate, natural gas liquids, and natural gas; and the production and marketing of products manufactured from natural gas, such as liquefied natural gas and methanol. As of December 31, 2018, it had estimated proved developed reserves totaling 752 million barrels of oil equivalent (mmboe); and estimated proved undeveloped reserves totaling 529 mmboe. The company was formerly known as USX Corporation and changed its name to Marathon Oil Corporation in July 2001. Marathon Oil Corporation was founded in 1887 and is headquartered in Houston, Texas.

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