Range Resources-Louisiana (NASDAQ: MRD) and ConocoPhillips (NYSE:COP) are both oil & gas exploration and production – nec companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, profitability, institutional ownership, risk, dividends, valuation and earnings.


This table compares Range Resources-Louisiana and ConocoPhillips’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Range Resources-Louisiana -197.84% -39.17% -21.83%
ConocoPhillips -7.32% 0.12% 0.05%

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and recommmendations for Range Resources-Louisiana and ConocoPhillips, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Range Resources-Louisiana 0 0 0 0 N/A
ConocoPhillips 1 7 12 1 2.62

ConocoPhillips has a consensus price target of $55.63, suggesting a potential upside of 4.97%. Given ConocoPhillips’ higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe ConocoPhillips is more favorable than Range Resources-Louisiana.


ConocoPhillips pays an annual dividend of $1.06 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.0%. Range Resources-Louisiana does not pay a dividend. ConocoPhillips pays out -57.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

85.3% of Range Resources-Louisiana shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 70.1% of ConocoPhillips shares are held by institutional investors. 51.1% of Range Resources-Louisiana shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 0.8% of ConocoPhillips shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Range Resources-Louisiana and ConocoPhillips’ gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Range Resources-Louisiana N/A N/A N/A $0.23 64.00
ConocoPhillips $24.36 billion 2.60 -$3.62 billion ($1.85) -28.64

Range Resources-Louisiana has higher revenue, but lower earnings than ConocoPhillips. ConocoPhillips is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Range Resources-Louisiana, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.


ConocoPhillips beats Range Resources-Louisiana on 9 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

Range Resources-Louisiana Company Profile

Range Resources-Louisiana, Inc., formerly Memorial Resource Development Corp, is an independent natural gas and oil company focused on the acquisition, exploration and development of natural gas and oil properties with substantially all of its activities in the Terryville Complex of North Louisiana. The Company’s segments include MRD and Memorial Production Partners LP (MEMP). The MRD Segment is focused on the acquisition, exploration, and development of natural gas and oil properties primarily in the Cotton Valley formation in North Louisiana. The MEMP Segment is engaged in the acquisition, exploitation, development and production of oil and natural gas properties, with assets consisting primarily of producing oil and natural gas properties that are located in Texas, Louisiana, Colorado, Wyoming and offshore Southern California. The MEMP segment reflects the combined operations of MEMP and its subsidiaries.

ConocoPhillips Company Profile

ConocoPhillips is an independent exploration and production company. The Company explores for, produces, transports and markets crude oil, bitumen, natural gas, liquefied natural gas (LNG) and natural gas liquids. The Company operates through five segments: Alaska, Lower 48, Canada, Europe and North Africa, Asia Pacific and Middle East, and Other International. The Alaska segment explores for, produces, transports and markets crude oil, natural gas liquids, natural gas and LNG. The Lower 48 segment consists of operations located in the United States Lower 48 states and the Gulf of Mexico. Its Canadian operations consists of oil sands developments in the Athabasca Region of northeastern Alberta. The Europe and North Africa segment consists of operations and exploration activities in Norway, the United Kingdom and Libya. The Asia Pacific and Middle East segment has exploration and production operations in China, Indonesia, Malaysia and Australia.

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