Murphy USA (MUSA) Receiving Favorable Press Coverage, Analysis Shows

Headlines about Murphy USA (NYSE:MUSA) have been trending positive on Thursday, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. Accern scores the sentiment of press 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 impact score of 0.28 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news headlines about the specialty retailer an impact score of 46.7522604050333 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the next several days.

Several research analysts recently weighed in on the company. Stephens set a $85.00 target price on Murphy USA and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a research note on Tuesday, January 16th. Gabelli downgraded Murphy USA from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating and set a $92.00 target price on the stock. in a research note on Thursday, January 11th. Jefferies Group restated a “buy” rating and set a $98.00 target price on shares of Murphy USA in a research note on Monday, January 8th. Zacks Investment Research raised Murphy USA from a “hold” rating to a “strong-buy” rating and set a $98.00 price target for the company in a research report on Thursday, February 1st. Finally, Wells Fargo & Co lifted their price target on Murphy USA and gave the stock a “market perform” rating in a research report on Thursday, January 4th. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, six have issued a hold rating, one has assigned a buy rating and one has issued a strong buy rating to the stock. The stock has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $93.25.

Shares of Murphy USA (MUSA) opened at $71.00 on Thursday. Murphy USA has a 52-week low of $62.76 and a 52-week high of $89.69. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.17, a quick ratio of 0.81 and a current ratio of 1.15. The company has a market capitalization of $2,456.64, a PE ratio of 10.27, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.15 and a beta of 0.77.

Murphy USA (NYSE:MUSA) last issued its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, January 31st. The specialty retailer reported $3.58 EPS for the quarter, topping the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $1.04 by $2.54. Murphy USA had a return on equity of 22.69% and a net margin of 1.91%. The company had revenue of $3.38 billion during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $3.25 billion. During the same quarter in the previous year, the firm posted $1.14 EPS. The firm’s revenue was up 10.6% compared to the same quarter last year. equities analysts forecast that Murphy USA will post 4.92 earnings per share for the current year.

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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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