Media stories about Murphy USA (NYSE:MUSA) have trended somewhat positive this week, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. Accern identifies negative and positive media coverage by analyzing more than twenty million blog and news sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Murphy USA earned a coverage optimism score of 0.17 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned headlines about the specialty retailer an impact score of 45.2513257448464 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the near term.
These are some of the news headlines that may have impacted Accern Sentiment’s scoring:
Several research firms have recently issued reports on MUSA. BidaskClub downgraded shares of Murphy USA from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Wednesday, November 1st. J P Morgan Chase & Co downgraded shares of Murphy USA from a “neutral” rating to an “underweight” rating in a research note on Tuesday, November 7th. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of Murphy USA from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Tuesday, October 31st. Finally, ValuEngine downgraded shares of Murphy USA from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Saturday, November 25th. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, six have assigned a hold rating and one has given a buy rating to the company. The company has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $84.50.
Murphy USA (NYSE:MUSA) traded up $1.84 during mid-day trading on Monday, hitting $79.60. 349,757 shares of the stock traded hands, compared to its average volume of 462,406. The company has a market capitalization of $2,705.75, a P/E ratio of 17.40, a P/E/G ratio of 1.40 and a beta of 0.76. Murphy USA has a 12-month low of $60.44 and a 12-month high of $81.30. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.30, a current ratio of 1.18 and a quick ratio of 0.77.
Murphy USA (NYSE:MUSA) last released its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, November 1st. The specialty retailer reported $1.90 earnings per share (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 net margin of 1.31% and a return on equity of 24.19%. The company’s revenue for the quarter was up 6.4% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter last year, the firm earned $1.16 earnings per share. sell-side analysts expect that Murphy USA will post 4.28 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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