Media coverage about Murphy USA (NYSE:MUSA) has trended somewhat positive on Monday, according to Accern Sentiment. Accern scores the sentiment of news coverage by monitoring more than twenty million blog and news sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Murphy USA earned a media sentiment score of 0.14 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news coverage about the specialty retailer an impact score of 45.5576709358418 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the next few days.
Murphy USA (NYSE MUSA) opened at 66.40 on Monday. The company’s 50-day moving average is $68.22 and its 200 day moving average is $69.71. The company has a market capitalization of $2.39 billion, a P/E ratio of 17.71 and a beta of 0.71. Murphy USA has a one year low of $57.13 and a one year high of $79.98.
Murphy USA (NYSE:MUSA) last issued its earnings results on Wednesday, August 2nd. The specialty retailer reported $1.51 EPS for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of $1.09 by $0.42. Murphy USA had a net margin of 1.15% and a return on equity of 20.19%. The company had revenue of $3.21 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $3.27 billion. During the same period in the previous year, the firm earned $1.17 earnings per share. Murphy USA’s quarterly revenue was up 6.9% compared to the same quarter last year. On average, equities analysts anticipate that Murphy USA will post $3.70 earnings per share for the current year.
Several analysts have recently issued reports on MUSA shares. BidaskClub upgraded shares of Murphy USA from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Tuesday, June 20th. Stephens upped their target price on shares of Murphy USA from $76.00 to $83.00 and gave the company an “overweight” rating in a research report on Friday, June 30th. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Murphy USA from a “strong sell” rating to a “hold” rating and set a $83.00 target price on the stock in a research report on Saturday, July 1st. William Blair started coverage on shares of Murphy USA in a research report on Wednesday, July 12th. They set a “market perform” rating on the stock. Finally, Jefferies Group LLC restated a “buy” rating and set a $83.00 target price (up from $77.00) on shares of Murphy USA in a research report on Monday, July 17th. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, four have given a hold rating and one has assigned a buy rating to the stock. Murphy USA currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $83.25.
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In related news, EVP Daryl R. Schofield purchased 3,000 shares of Murphy USA stock in a transaction dated Thursday, August 17th. The shares were acquired at an average cost of $66.00 per share, with a total value of $198,000.00. Following the purchase, the executive vice president now owns 3,000 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $198,000. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is available at the SEC website. Also, SVP John A. Moore sold 1,030 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, August 8th. The shares were sold at an average price of $71.46, for a total transaction of $73,603.80. Following the completion of the sale, the senior vice president now directly owns 18,169 shares in the company, valued at $1,298,356.74. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. 7.30% of the stock is owned by insiders.
About Murphy USA
Murphy USA Inc is engaged in the marketing of retail motor fuel products and merchandise through a chain of retail stores. The Company operates through the Marketing segment. The Marketing segment includes its retail marketing sites and product supply, and wholesale assets. As of December 31, 2016, its retail stores were located in 26 states, primarily in the Southwest, Southeast and Midwest the United States.
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