Murphy USA (MUSA) Getting Somewhat Positive Press Coverage, Analysis Finds

News headlines about Murphy USA (NYSE:MUSA) have been trending somewhat positive this week, Accern reports. The research group identifies positive and negative media coverage by monitoring more than 20 million blog and news sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Murphy USA earned a news sentiment score of 0.17 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media stories about the specialty retailer an impact score of 45.7574861211651 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the near term.

A number of analysts recently weighed in on the company. Jefferies Group LLC restated a “buy” rating and issued a $83.00 target price (up previously from $77.00) on shares of Murphy USA in a research report on Monday, July 17th. BidaskClub upgraded Murphy USA from a “strong sell” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Thursday. Stephens downgraded Murphy USA from an “overweight” rating to an “equal weight” rating in a research report on Friday, August 4th. William Blair assumed coverage on Murphy USA in a research report on Wednesday, July 12th. They issued a “market perform” rating for the company. Finally, Zacks Investment Research upgraded Murphy USA from a “strong sell” rating to a “hold” rating and set a $83.00 target price for the company in a research report on Saturday, July 1st. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, four have assigned a hold rating and one has given a buy rating to the company. Murphy USA has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $83.25.

Murphy USA (NYSE MUSA) opened at 66.40 on Friday. Murphy USA has a 52 week low of $57.13 and a 52 week high of $79.98. The firm has a 50-day moving average price of $68.22 and a 200-day moving average price of $69.71. The stock has a market capitalization of $2.39 billion, a PE ratio of 17.71 and a beta of 0.71.

Murphy USA (NYSE:MUSA) last posted its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, August 2nd. The specialty retailer reported $1.51 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $1.09 by $0.42. The business had revenue of $3.21 billion during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $3.27 billion. Murphy USA had a return on equity of 20.19% and a net margin of 1.15%. The company’s revenue for the quarter was up 6.9% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period last year, the company earned $1.17 EPS. Equities research analysts predict that Murphy USA will post $3.70 EPS for the current fiscal year.

In other Murphy USA news, EVP Daryl R. Schofield purchased 3,000 shares of Murphy USA stock in a transaction dated Thursday, August 17th. The shares were purchased at an average cost of $66.00 per share, for a total transaction of $198,000.00. Following the completion of the acquisition, the executive vice president now owns 3,000 shares in the company, valued at approximately $198,000. The acquisition was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is available at this hyperlink. Also, SVP John A. Moore sold 1,030 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, August 8th. The stock was sold at an average price of $71.46, for a total value of $73,603.80. Following the completion of the sale, the senior vice president now 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 company insiders.

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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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