$1.13 Earnings Per Share Expected for Murphy USA Inc (MUSA) This Quarter

Analysts expect Murphy USA Inc (NYSE:MUSA) to report earnings per share of $1.13 for the current fiscal quarter, according to Zacks Investment Research. Four analysts have provided estimates for Murphy USA’s earnings, with the highest EPS estimate coming in at $1.36 and the lowest estimate coming in at $0.88. Murphy USA reported earnings of $1.14 per share in the same quarter last year, which suggests a negative year-over-year growth rate of 0.9%. The firm is scheduled to issue its next earnings results after the market closes on Wednesday, January 31st.

On average, analysts expect that Murphy USA will report full-year earnings of $4.35 per share for the current fiscal year, with EPS estimates ranging from $4.18 to $4.65. For the next fiscal year, analysts forecast that the company will post earnings of $4.75 per share, with EPS estimates ranging from $4.28 to $5.26. Zacks’ earnings per share calculations are a mean average based on a survey of research analysts that that provide coverage for Murphy USA.

Murphy USA (NYSE:MUSA) last posted its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, November 1st. The specialty retailer reported $1.90 earnings per share for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $1.34 by $0.56. The company had revenue of $3.24 billion for 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 quarterly revenue was up 6.4% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter in the prior year, the business posted $1.16 EPS.

Several analysts recently weighed in on MUSA shares. BidaskClub upgraded Murphy USA from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Wednesday, October 11th. Wells Fargo & Co upped their price target on Murphy USA and gave the stock a “market perform” rating in a research note on Thursday, January 4th. Zacks Investment Research downgraded Murphy USA from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Tuesday, October 24th. ValuEngine upgraded Murphy USA from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Friday, November 10th. Finally, Gabelli downgraded Murphy USA from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating and set a $92.00 price target on the stock. in a research note on Thursday, January 11th. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, seven have given a hold rating and one has assigned a buy rating to the company. The company presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $91.67.

Several hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently added to or reduced their stakes in the company. SG Americas Securities LLC bought a new position in shares of Murphy USA during the 4th quarter valued at $839,000. Horrell Capital Management Inc. lifted its holdings in shares of Murphy USA by 2.0% during the 4th quarter. Horrell Capital Management Inc. now owns 28,641 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock valued at $2,302,000 after buying an additional 571 shares during the period. James Investment Research Inc. bought a new position in shares of Murphy USA during the 4th quarter valued at $1,880,000. State of Alaska Department of Revenue bought a new position in Murphy USA in the 4th quarter worth $158,000. Finally, Acadian Asset Management LLC bought a new position in Murphy USA in the 4th quarter worth $545,000. 95.42% of the stock is currently owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.

Murphy USA (MUSA) traded down $1.01 during trading on Tuesday, hitting $85.10. The company had a trading volume of 378,295 shares, compared to its average volume of 288,760. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.30, a current ratio of 1.18 and a quick ratio of 0.77. The stock has a market cap of $3,018.57, a P/E ratio of 19.04, a P/E/G ratio of 1.69 and a beta of 0.76. Murphy USA has a 52 week low of $62.31 and a 52 week high of $89.69.

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Murphy USA Company Profile

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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