Murphy USA (MUSA) Getting Somewhat Positive Media Coverage, Study Shows

News articles about Murphy USA (NYSE:MUSA) have trended somewhat positive recently, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. The research group identifies positive and negative news 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 sentiment score of 0.22 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news articles about the specialty retailer an impact score of 46.5638822757444 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the near future.

These are some of the news headlines that may have effected Accern Sentiment Analysis’s analysis:

Shares of Murphy USA (NYSE MUSA) opened at $75.89 on Friday. The company has a quick ratio of 0.77, a current ratio of 1.18 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.30. Murphy USA has a 52 week low of $62.76 and a 52 week high of $89.69. The stock has a market capitalization of $2,640.00, a PE ratio of 11.00, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.66 and a beta of 0.80.

Murphy USA (NYSE:MUSA) last issued its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, January 31st. The specialty retailer reported $3.58 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of $1.04 by $2.54. Murphy USA had a return on equity of 23.24% and a net margin of 1.91%. The firm had revenue of $3.38 billion for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $3.25 billion. During the same period last year, the company earned $1.14 EPS. The firm’s quarterly revenue was up 10.6% on a year-over-year basis. equities analysts predict that Murphy USA will post 4.75 earnings per share for the current year.

A number of analysts recently commented on MUSA shares. Zacks Investment Research raised Murphy USA from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Tuesday, October 31st. Gabelli lowered Murphy USA from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating and set a $92.00 price objective on the stock. in a research note on Thursday, January 11th. Wells Fargo & Co increased their price objective on Murphy USA and gave the company a “market perform” rating in a research note on Thursday, January 4th. JPMorgan Chase & Co. lowered Murphy USA from a “neutral” rating to an “underweight” rating in a research note on Tuesday, November 7th. Finally, Stephens set a $85.00 price objective on Murphy USA and gave the company a “hold” rating in a research note on Tuesday, January 16th. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, six have assigned a hold rating, one has given a buy rating and one has issued a strong buy rating to the stock. The company currently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $93.25.

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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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