Stone Energy (NYSE: SGY) and Murphy Oil (NYSE:MUR) are both oils/energy companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, earnings, risk, dividends, valuation, analyst recommendations and profitability.
This is a breakdown of recent recommendations for Stone Energy and Murphy Oil, as reported by MarketBeat.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
Risk and Volatility
Stone Energy has a beta of 1.48, suggesting that its stock price is 48% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Murphy Oil has a beta of 2.3, suggesting that its stock price is 130% more volatile than the S&P 500.
Murphy Oil pays an annual dividend of $1.00 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.1%. Stone Energy does not pay a dividend. Murphy Oil pays out -769.2% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.
Institutional & Insider Ownership
98.9% of Stone Energy shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 95.5% of Murphy Oil shares are held by institutional investors. 3.5% of Stone Energy shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 6.6% of Murphy Oil shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.
This table compares Stone Energy and Murphy Oil’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
Valuation and Earnings
This table compares Stone Energy and Murphy Oil’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Price/Sales Ratio||Net Income||Earnings Per Share||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|Stone Energy||$319.20 million||2.22||$382.67 million||N/A||N/A|
|Murphy Oil||$2.23 billion||2.50||-$311.78 million||($0.13)||-246.92|
Stone Energy has higher earnings, but lower revenue than Murphy Oil.
Murphy Oil beats Stone Energy on 8 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.
Stone Energy Company Profile
Stone Energy Corporation, an independent oil and natural gas company, engages in the acquisition, exploration, exploitation, development, and operation of oil and gas properties in the Gulf of Mexico. As of December 31, 2017, it had an estimated proved oil and natural gas reserves of approximately 32.5 million barrels of oil equivalent. The company was founded in 1993 and is headquartered in Lafayette, Louisiana.
Murphy Oil Company Profile
Murphy Oil Corporation operates as an oil and gas exploration and production company worldwide. It explores for and produces crude oil, natural gas, and natural gas liquids. The company was formerly known as Murphy Corporation and changed its name to Murphy Oil Corporation in 1964. Murphy Oil Corporation was founded in 1950 and is headquartered in El Dorado, Arkansas.
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