Murphy USA (MUSA) Earning Somewhat Positive Media Coverage, Study Finds

News headlines about Murphy USA (NYSE:MUSA) have trended somewhat positive on Wednesday, Accern reports. Accern scores the sentiment of press coverage by reviewing more than 20 million news and blog sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Murphy USA earned a news impact score of 0.20 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news headlines about the specialty retailer an impact score of 46.3888444183838 out of 100, meaning that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the next few days.

MUSA has been the topic of a number of research reports. Jefferies Financial Group cut Murphy USA from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating and set a $73.00 price target on the stock. in a report on Friday, April 13th. Stephens set a $65.00 price target on Murphy USA and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a report on Wednesday, April 11th. Zacks Investment Research cut Murphy USA from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Wednesday, March 7th. Finally, ValuEngine cut Murphy USA from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Wednesday, May 2nd. Two research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating and seven have assigned a hold rating to the stock. The stock currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $82.00.

MUSA opened at $72.80 on Wednesday. The company has a market capitalization of $2.41 billion, a P/E ratio of 16.85, a PEG ratio of 2.65 and a beta of 0.93. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.21, a quick ratio of 0.75 and a current ratio of 1.04. Murphy USA has a 1-year low of $61.05 and a 1-year high of $89.69.

Murphy USA (NYSE:MUSA) last announced its earnings results on Tuesday, May 1st. The specialty retailer reported $0.12 EPS for the quarter, missing analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.24 by ($0.12). The company had revenue of $3.24 billion for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $3.21 billion. Murphy USA had a net margin of 2.20% and a return on equity of 23.43%. equities research analysts forecast that Murphy USA will post 4.4 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

In related news, Director Robert Madison Murphy bought 7,450 shares of the stock in a transaction on Friday, May 4th. The shares were purchased at an average price of $67.02 per share, for a total transaction of $499,299.00. The purchase was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is accessible through this hyperlink. 8.14% of the stock is currently owned by corporate insiders.

Murphy USA Company Profile

Murphy USA Inc operates a chain of retail stores in the United States. The company's retail stores offer motor fuel products and convenience merchandise. It operates retail stores under the Murphy USA and Murphy Express brand names. As of January 31, 2018, the company operated approximately 1,446 retail stores located primarily in the Southwest, Southeast, and Midwest United States.

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