Somewhat Positive Press Coverage Somewhat Unlikely to Affect Murphy USA (MUSA) Share Price

News headlines about Murphy USA (NYSE:MUSA) have trended somewhat positive this week, according to Accern Sentiment. The research group rates the sentiment of press coverage by analyzing more than 20 million news and blog sources. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Murphy USA earned a media sentiment score of 0.11 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news coverage about the specialty retailer an impact score of 45.6946572087228 out of 100, meaning that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the next few days.

These are some of the media stories that may have effected Accern’s analysis:

Shares of Murphy USA (MUSA) opened at $85.42 on Friday. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.30, a quick ratio of 0.77 and a current ratio of 1.18. The company has a market capitalization of $2,970.00, a P/E ratio of 19.15, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.42 and a beta of 0.79. Murphy USA has a one year low of $61.01 and a one year high of $86.85.

Murphy USA (NYSE:MUSA) last posted its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, November 1st. The specialty retailer reported $1.90 EPS for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $1.34 by $0.56. The firm had revenue of $3.24 billion during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $3.43 billion. Murphy USA had a return on equity of 24.19% and a net margin of 1.31%. The firm’s revenue was up 6.4% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period in the prior year, the business earned $1.16 EPS. equities research analysts predict that Murphy USA will post 4.31 earnings per share for the current year.

A number of analysts recently issued reports on the company. Gabelli cut Murphy USA from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating and set a $92.00 target price for the company. in a research report on Thursday. Jefferies Group reissued a “buy” rating and issued a $98.00 target price on shares of Murphy USA in a research report on Monday. Wells Fargo & Co upped their target price on Murphy USA and gave the company a “market perform” rating in a research report on Thursday, January 4th. ValuEngine cut Murphy USA from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Saturday, November 25th. Finally, JPMorgan Chase & Co. cut Murphy USA from a “neutral” rating to an “underweight” rating in a research report on Tuesday, November 7th. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, seven have given a hold rating and one has given a buy rating to the company. The company currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $91.00.

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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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