Murphy USA (NYSE:MUSA) Given Daily Media Sentiment Score of 0.08

News articles about Murphy USA (NYSE:MUSA) have been trending somewhat positive this week, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. The research group rates the sentiment of press coverage by analyzing more than 20 million blog and news sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of public 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 0.08 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned headlines about the specialty retailer an impact score of 45.9714787819976 out of 100, meaning that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the next several days.

MUSA has been the topic of several analyst reports. BidaskClub upgraded Murphy USA from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Tuesday, June 20th. Stephens reduced their price objective on Murphy USA from $82.00 to $76.00 and set an “overweight” rating on the stock in a research note on Wednesday, May 3rd. Zacks Investment Research upgraded Murphy USA from a “strong sell” rating to a “hold” rating and set a $83.00 price objective on the stock in a research note on Saturday, July 1st. Jefferies Group LLC dropped their target price on Murphy USA from $78.00 to $77.00 and set a “buy” rating on the stock in a report on Wednesday, May 3rd. Finally, William Blair assumed coverage on Murphy USA in a report on Wednesday, July 12th. They issued a “market perform” rating on the stock. One investment 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’s stock. The stock currently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $83.25.

Murphy USA (NYSE:MUSA) opened at 65.89 on Friday. The firm’s 50 day moving average price is $72.12 and its 200 day moving average price is $69.66. The stock has a market cap of $2.38 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 17.57 and a beta of 0.68. Murphy USA has a one year low of $57.13 and a one year high of $79.98.

Murphy USA (NYSE:MUSA) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, August 2nd. The specialty retailer reported $1.51 earnings per share for the quarter, beating 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 business had revenue of $3.21 billion during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $3.27 billion. During the same quarter in the prior year, the firm earned $1.17 EPS. The company’s revenue for the quarter was up 6.9% compared to the same quarter last year. Equities analysts forecast that Murphy USA will post $3.76 earnings per share for the current year.

In related news, SVP John A. Moore sold 1,030 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated 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 owns 18,169 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $1,298,356.74. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is available through this link. 7.30% of the stock is owned by corporate insiders.

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Murphy USA Company Profile

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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