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Marathon oil shares soar after narrower-than-expected loss

Marathon Oil Corporation pumpjack during sunset in Oklahoma
Source: Marathon Oil Corporation
Marathon Oil Corporation pumpjack during sunset in Oklahoma

Shares of Marathon Oil gained more than 10.7 percent Thursday after the company reported a narrower-than-expected loss on Wednesday.

The oil company reported a third-quarter loss of 11 cents per share on revenue of $1.23 billion. Analysts had expected a loss of 20 cents a share on revenues of $1.10 billion according to a Thomson Reuters consensus estimate.

Marathon Oil also raised the low end of its full-year exploration and production guidance, resulting in a new range of between 335,000 and 345,000 net barrels of oil equivalent per day.

According to a press statement released on Wednesday, CEO Lee Tillman also announced that the company is increasing rig activity by year end.

"We're increasing our rig count by 50 percent in the fourth quarter while remaining within our existing $1.3 billion capital program," Tillman said. "This acceleration will have us well positioned to resume sequential production growth in the resource plays by the second half of 2017."

With Thursday's gains Marathon Oil has surged 12 percent this year.

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