News coverage about Murphy Oil (NYSE:MUR) has trended somewhat positive on Monday, Accern reports. The research group identifies negative and positive press coverage by analyzing more than twenty million news and blog sources. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Murphy Oil earned a news impact score of 0.13 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media headlines about the oil and gas producer an impact score of 45.8794441833479 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the near future.
Here are some of the news articles that may have effected Accern Sentiment Analysis’s analysis:
- Trump is trying to massively expand offshore drilling, and it’s scary any way you look at it (yahoo.com)
- NJ Politics Digest: State Democrats Plan to Circumvent SALT Problem (observer.com)
- Stock Review for Independent Oil & Gas Investors — Hess, Laredo Petroleum, Murphy Oil, and Jones Energy (prnewswire.com)
- Trump is trying to massively expand offshore drilling, and it’s scary any way you look at it (hellogiggles.com)
- Rail shipments of Canadian oil to U.S. seen rising over 60 pct (reuters.com)
MUR has been the subject of a number of research analyst reports. Morgan Stanley upped their price objective on shares of Murphy Oil from $23.00 to $26.00 and gave the stock an “underweight” rating in a research report on Wednesday, October 18th. 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 research report on Friday, October 27th. Credit Suisse Group initiated coverage on shares of Murphy Oil in a research report on Monday, December 11th. They set a “neutral” rating and a $30.00 price objective for the company. Finally, Cowen reiterated a “hold” rating and set a $30.00 price objective on shares of Murphy Oil in a research report on Sunday, September 17th. Four research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, eight have given a hold rating and one has given a buy rating to the stock. Murphy Oil has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $29.91.
Murphy Oil (NYSE:MUR) last released its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, November 1st. The oil and gas producer reported ($0.03) earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the Zacks’ consensus estimate of ($0.14) by $0.11. Murphy Oil had a negative net margin of 4.15% and a negative return on equity of 1.25%. The business had revenue of $498.31 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $460.17 million. During the same period in the prior year, the company earned ($0.18) EPS. The firm’s quarterly revenue was up 2.6% compared to the same quarter last year. analysts predict that Murphy Oil will post -0.23 EPS for the current fiscal year.
In other Murphy Oil news, Director Robert Madison Murphy sold 6,325 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, November 6th. The shares were sold at an average price of $28.55, for a total value of $180,578.75. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through the SEC website. Also, VP John B. Gardner sold 3,783 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, November 20th. The shares were sold at an average price of $27.84, for a total transaction of $105,318.72. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Over the last 90 days, insiders acquired 76,500 shares of company stock valued at $17,850. Corporate insiders own 6.89% of the company’s stock.
About Murphy Oil
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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