Media coverage about Murphy Oil (NYSE:MUR) has been trending somewhat positive this week, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. The research group rates the sentiment of press coverage by reviewing more than twenty million news and blog sources. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Murphy Oil earned a news sentiment score of 0.12 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news headlines about the oil and gas producer an impact score of 46.4209412884895 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the near term.
These are some of the news headlines that may have effected Accern Sentiment’s scoring:
- Murphy Oil Names David R. Looney As CFO (epmag.com)
- Murphy Oil names Looney as new CFO (seekingalpha.com)
- What Wall Street Analysts Recommend for Encana (finance.yahoo.com)
- Murphy Oil Names David R. Looney As CFO, Executive Vice President (epmag.com)
- Looney to succeed Eckart as Murphy Oil CFO (ogj.com)
Murphy Oil (NYSE MUR) traded up $0.20 during trading hours on Friday, reaching $26.32. 70,850 shares of the company traded hands, compared to its average volume of 2,582,936. Murphy Oil has a 52-week low of $22.21 and a 52-week high of $35.16. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.63, a current ratio of 1.64 and a quick ratio of 1.60.
The business also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Monday, March 5th. Investors of record on Tuesday, February 20th will be issued a $0.25 dividend. This represents a $1.00 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 3.80%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Friday, February 16th. Murphy Oil’s dividend payout ratio is currently -55.56%.
MUR has been the topic of a number of research reports. Stephens set a $37.00 price target on shares of Murphy Oil and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research note on Monday, January 22nd. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Murphy Oil from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $28.00 price objective for the company in a report on Friday, October 27th. Barclays upped their price objective on shares of Murphy Oil from $29.00 to $34.00 and gave the stock an “equal weight” rating in a report on Friday, February 2nd. Cowen set a $34.00 price objective on shares of Murphy Oil and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a report on Thursday, January 18th. Finally, Credit Suisse Group assumed coverage on shares of Murphy Oil in a report on Monday, December 11th. They set a “neutral” rating and a $30.00 price target for the company. Three investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, nine have assigned a hold rating and two have assigned a buy rating to the company. Murphy Oil presently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $31.83.
In related news, insider Eugene T. Coleman sold 33,435 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, February 5th. The shares were sold at an average price of $28.88, for a total value of $965,602.80. Following the completion of the sale, the insider now owns 57,246 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $1,653,264.48. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is accessible through the SEC website. Company insiders own 6.89% of the company’s stock.
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Murphy Oil Company Profile
Murphy Oil Corporation (Murphy) is an oil and gas exploration and production company. The Company’s exploration and production business explores for and produces crude oil, natural gas and natural gas liquids across the world. Its exploration and production activities are subdivided into four geographic segments: the United States, Canada, Malaysia and all other countries.
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